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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – As many of our county residents join football fans from across the country to gather and watch the Super Bowl football game on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office would like to remind everybody to celebrate responsibly and designate a sober driver.
“It’s important to point out that driving under the influence, or DUI, doesn’t just mean alcohol,” 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.”
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.
Whether you are watching the game at a sports bar or hosting a party, please take the necessary steps to make sure this weekend is a safe one for everybody on the road.
Alternatives to driving impaired include calling a taxi service, a sober friend or family member, or using a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft. If you see an impaired driver on the road, please pull over and call 911.
While driving impaired can easily result in tragedy, it can also be costly to the impaired driver who gets arrested and charged by our office. By the time you pay bail, fines, fees and insurance, a typical DUI can cost upward to $10,000.
Last year, during Super Bowl weekend, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed 50 DUI-related cases across the county.
In 2017, 4,379 DUI-related cases were filed by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
Of this amount, 17 cases involved death or serious injury.
In 2012, a California Office of Traffic Safety study showed that drugs that can affect driving were found in one of every seven weekend nighttime drivers.