“Be sure to have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver is,” said Lieutenant Fowler, Garden Grove Police Department. “We want to encourage folks to turn over their keys to a sober driver before the game begins. Impaired driving can result in serious crashes, injuries or death. If you don’t have an ‘MVP’ to make sure folks get home safely, consider other ride options.”
Impaired driving near or above the .08 BAC limit can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment to make driving unsafe. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers nationwide. California recorded 1,059 DUI deaths at .08 BAC or above according to the NHTSA.
The Garden Grove Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that aims to educate all drivers on the issue that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Drug-impaired driving is dangerous and illegal. Whether the drug is legally prescribed, an illicit drug, or marijuana, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers, other motorists, and can lead to a DUI.
There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. The OTS DDVIP app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The app offers enhanced features, allowing users to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Additionally, the app users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft, or Curb.
This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Don’t fumble! Designate your sober driver before the big game begins. And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk!
This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’!