My News LA reported recently that according to local law enforcement officials, a major operation to step up anti-drunk driving patrols will take place in Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, and other locales throughout southern California on Sunday, coinciding with the Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League.
According to officials from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, the operation will be aimed at snaring drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs and getting them off the streets. In a statement, a spokesperson from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said “If you are watching the game at home and plan to have a drink or two, stay at home. Have a family member who hasn’t been drinking go out on your behalf, or have your food delivered.”
They plan saturation patrols targeting impaired drivers for Sunday afternoon and evening, during the pre-game celebrations and the game itself. Riverside County Sheriff’s Office officials noted that it is important for motorists bear in mind that DUI can be caused not just by alcohol, but by prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and marijuana.
Under state law, anyone with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher is considered impaired. Deputies are also trained to detect marijuana or other drug impairment and can make an arrest based on field sobriety tests.