Police say DUIs inexcusable with amount of preventative apps available

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The Big Game brings big concerns: Fresno Police added more officers Sundays to crack down on drunk drivers. Police say there’s more things out there now to get potential DUI drivers off the road — especially on your phone.

Whether you were at your favorite bar, or right in your living room, alcohol is a big part of celebrating the Big Game. That means police were at-the-ready to administer a breathalyzer test.

On Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight Monday morning — police coordinated a special DUI saturation patrol. More officers were out on patrol in anticipation of increased DUI driving.

Traffic bureau officer Kevin Jones said there’s been a problem of seeing the same DUI drivers time and time again on the road.

“It’s just a habit. Whether or not they want to admit it, they could be addicted to the alcohol or whatever their drug of choice is.”

Jones is a fan of the growing number of apps designed to keep sober drivers behind the wheel.

One police have been pushing recently is DDVIP, or Designated Driver VIP. Through the app, bars and restaurants offer freebies only to whoever is driving sober. Strummers in the Tower District is one bar in the city that uses the app — offering a free non-alcoholic cocktail.

Along with apps like Uber and Lyft, Jones said it’s even more inexcusable to drive drunk.

“All those new companies that are coming out, even taxis, make it so easy for you to just call for a ride [with the] push of a button. It’s relatively cheap, but people still make the decision to drink and drive,” he said.

DDVIP is free to download, it also links to Uber, Lyft and Curb.

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