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Law enforcement on the lookout for drunk drivers over Super Bowl

Both the Turlock Police Department and the California Highway Patrol are planning on extra enforcement efforts to curb drunk driving offenses on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Turlock Police Department will have additional officers on patrol over the Super Bowl weekend looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“If you are watching the game at home and plan to have a drink or two, stay at home,” said Turlock Police Lt. James Silveira. “Have a family member who hasn’t been drinking go out on your behalf or have your food delivered.”

CHP officers will be on high alert for impaired drivers this weekend. 

“The Super Bowl is one of the most celebrated sporting events of the year, and I am encouraging Californians to celebrate responsibly,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “If you choose to drink, do not get behind the wheel. Designate a sober driver.”

Alcohol is not the only substance that can lead to an arrest for driving under the influence. Cannabis, prescription medications, and illegal drugs can all impair your ability to drive.

According to preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, four people died in alcohol-involved collisions in California on Super Bowl Sunday in 2020, and 120 people were injured. In addition, the CHP made more than 300 DUI arrests that day.

California’s public health recommendations encourage residents to gather outdoors and with no more than three households.  In addition, Californians should stay close to home and limit non-essential travel to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

The additional patrols from the Turlock Police Department are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.