Super Bowl reminder from District Attorney: Celebrate Responsibly, Designate a Sober Driver

By on February 4, 2018

Super Bowl Sunday and the big game bring with it parties, celebrations and frequently a significant amount of heavy drinking. The San Bernardino County (SBC) District Attorney’s Office reminds everyone to celebrate responsibly and plan ahead:

  • If you’re hosting the Super Bowl Sunday festivities see to it that anyone who drinks has a safe way home (a sober designated driver or transportation via Uber, Lyft or a taxi) or can bunk at your home until they are completely sober.
  • If you plan to drink at a party – whether in someone’s home, a bar, a restaurant or any location other than your own home – make plans ahead of time for a safe route home. Designated a sober driver to get you home or call a transportation service (Uber, Lyft or a taxi) or, if at a friend’s home, plan to stay overnight.

Statistics from last year’s Super Bowl Sunday: San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed 50 DUI-related cases across the county. In addition to the possibility of tragedy and the embarrassment of being arrested, impaired driving can also be costly. Paying to post bail, fines, fees and insurance, a typical DUI can cost upwards of $10,000.

Also remember – impaired driving doesn’t just mean alcohol. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2005 to 2015, the percentage of drivers in fatal collisions who had an impairing drug other than alcohol in their system increased from 26.2 percent to 42.6 percent. And although marijuana is now legal for adults in California, driving while high is still illegal.

“It’s important to point out that driving under the influence, or DUI, doesn’t just mean alcohol,” SBC District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “More and more people are dying on our roads as a result of drivers who had an impairing drug other than alcohol in their system.”

Whether you are watching the game at a sports bar, restaurant or hosting a party, please take the necessary steps to make sure this weekend is a safe one for everybody on the road. And enjoy rooting for your team of choice!