Sobriety checkpoints planned for Super Bowl Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO

According to a news release issued by the San Francisco Police Department this week, a sobriety checkpoint is planned for Sunday in the city's Marina neighborhood "to nab ecstatic or dejected over-imbibing football fans and any other drunk driver."

The heightened enforcement at the intersection of Lombard and Divisadero streets is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. and continue until 3 a.m. Monday.

Those who are hosting a Super Bowl party are advised to make sure all attendees have sober designated drivers.

One option for those who have had too many to drink is to phone AAA for a free ride home after the game through the organization's "Tipsy Tow" program, which is open to everyone -- AAA member and non-member alike.

Potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to 10 miles by saying "I need a Tipsy Tow."

The free tows will be available from 6 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday.

San Francisco police Sgt. Neil Swendsen simply recommends that you sweeten the deal for designated drivers by giving them the royal treatment:

"Give them the best seats to watch the game and the first passes at the buffet table," Swendsen said in a statement, adding "make sure their cars aren't blocked in when it's time to leave."

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