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Police on heightened impaired driver alert on Super Bowl Sunday

With Super Bowl Sunday set for this Sunday, the Fountain Valley Police Department urges all football fans to “call the right play” and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

As part of the Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts, police, the Sheriff’s Department and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver.

A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. Drugs, including many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs, can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving, leading to a DUI.

“Volunteer to be a designated driver to help your family and friends get home safely,” said Office of Traffic Safety Director Rhonda Craft. “Impaired driving only leads to disaster and tragedy. It is never worth the risk. If you do plan to drink, and/or are taking medications or using marijuana, plan now to pass the keys to a sober driver before kickoff.”

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds everyone to call 911 and report drunk drivers.


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