Increased patrols to crack down on drunk driving

Posted at 3:20 PM, Feb 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-07 18:20:36-05

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department planned to increase patrols countywide beginning Sunday afternoon, in an effort to crack down on drunk drivers caused by too much Super Bowl partying.

The effort began with a sobriety checkpoint in Poway on Friday night. The increased patrols were scheduled to remain in effect until 5 a.m. on Monday. The Sheriff's Department patrols the unincorporated areas of the San
Diego County, as well as many cities that do not have their own police forces.

The Sheriff's Department teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remove impaired drivers from roadways and prevent crashes that can cause serious injury or death.

"Super Bowl Sunday should be a fun and safe time," Sheriff Bill Gore said in a news release. "Do the responsible thing: don't drink and drive. Buzzed driving is drunk driving," he said.

Motorists who see drunk drivers were urged to call 9-1-1.