Police agencies across Southern California were preparing for a DUI crackdown over the Super Bowl weekend.
In conjunction with the NFL, the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, authorities were promoting the message: “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”
Police asked those who believe they’ve witnessed drunken driving to call 911 and provide the vehicle’s description, license plate number, location, and direction of travel.
Authorities also highly recommended that fans who plan on partying select a sober designated driver, specifically suggesting those who throw game-watching parties ensure all their guests have a safe way home.
“If you plan on drinking alcohol during the big game, we encourage you to designate a sober driver or plan for alternative modes of transportation such as a taxi cab to get you home safely,” said Office of Traffic Safety Acting Director Russia Chavis in a CHP news release. “A taxi cab may cost you $30, but that’s nothing compared to the $10,000 or more in fees, fines, and the stigma that can stem from getting a DUI.”
Preliminary figures from Super Bowl Sunday in 2012 show 221 alcohol-involved collisions across California, with five people killed and 114 injured, according to California Highway Patrol.
Last year on Super Bowl Sunday, 390 drivers were arrested statewide by CHP officers, the agency stated in a news release.
Drivers can expect police, deputies and CHP officers to be on alert for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs from Friday through early Monday. Saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints were scheduled in cities across the region.
Authorities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside counties warned about specific anti-DUI campaigns this weekend.
In the city of Los Angeles, police announced that they planned a checkpoint from 8 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday in Reseda at Reseda Boulevard between Saticoy Street and Sherman Way.
LAPD also announced it planned the following saturation patrols:
- North Hollywood: 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday
- Central Bureau: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
- West Valley Area: 5 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday
- 77th Street Area: 5 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday
- Hollywood Area: 7 p.m. Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday