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Police seek out drunk and impaired drivers on Super Bowl Sunday

Police will install sobriety checkpoints around Southern California on Superbowl Sunday.
Police will install sobriety checkpoints around Southern California on Superbowl Sunday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Super Bowl Sunday is a day of over indulgence in many ways but one way has been particularly deadly for Californians.

Law enforcement officials said they catch the most drunk drivers all year on the day of the big game. And a report from the AAA of Southern California backs up that assertion.

“Twenty-eight more alcohol-related fatal and injury crashes occur annually in California due to drinking and driving on Super Bowl Sunday,” Steve Bloch, senior researcher for the Auto Club, said in a statement. “And the data seem to be fairly consistent from year-to-year.”

If you're planning a party, a helpful tip is to designate a time to stop serving alcohol and try serving desserts or a snack before the party ends.

The state’s traffic safety office funds extra DUI patrols on Superbowl Sunday. Los Angeles police officials warn officers will stop drivers at checkpoints in the Topanga, Hollywood and South L.A. areas.

  • February 2, 2013 (Saturday) – Sobriety Checkpoint on Hyperion Avenue at Scotland Street in Northeast Area from 9 PM to 3 AM
  • February 3, 2011 (Sunday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in Newton and Central Area from 2 PM to 10 PM
  • February 3, 2011 (Sunday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in Topanga Area from 5 PM to 1 AM
  • February 3, 2011 (Sunday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in 77th Street Area from 5 PM to 1 AM
  • February 3, 2011 (Sunday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in Hollywood Area from 7 PM to 3 AM.

Fines for a first-time DUI offense can reach a thousand dollars and a judge could order a breathalyzer installed into a violator's car.

 

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