SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – As citizens from our county join football fans from all across the country to gather and watch the Super Bowl XLVIII football game, on Sunday, February 2, 2014, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office would like to remind everybody to drink responsibly and designate a sober driver.
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. If you see a drunk driver on the road, please pull over and call 911.
- Last year, during Super Bowl weekend, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed 187 DUI-related cases across the county.
- Of this amount, 6 involved serious injury.
- In 2013, 7,337 DUI-related cases were filed by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
- Of this amount, 269 cases involved death or serious injury.
- According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, in 2012, across the nation, alcohol-impaired driving crashes took 10,322 lives and Californians witnessed 802 deaths in DUI crashes
“If you plan on watching the big game this weekend away from home, and plan on driving, one of the safest ways to get home is to designate a sober driver in advance before you start drinking. I have seen far too many cases in my 25-year career as a prosecutor that either ended with someone severely injured or killed because of drunk driving," District Attorney Michael Ramos said.
"While drinking and driving 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. Any way you look at it, it’s just not worth it. Please drink responsibly this weekend for your sake and the sake of others on the road. Let’s make it a ‘super’ weekend for San Bernardino County."