Authorities Plan Stepped-Up DUI Patrols for Super Bowl Weekend - NBC Southern California

Authorities Plan Stepped-Up DUI Patrols for Super Bowl Weekend

A multi-agency task force planned roving patrols, and LAPD announced checkpoints



    Authorities Plan Stepped-Up DUI Patrols for Super Bowl Weekend
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    A California Highway Patrol officer gives a sobriety test to a man in car at a sobriety checkpoint. File photo.

    Law enforcement agencies across Southern California are planning to crack down on drunken driving over the Super Bowl weekend.

    LAPD announced two specific checkpoint locations and said it would saturate several areas with patrols.

    The California Highway Patrol announced this week that its message was "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk." The CHP reported nearly a quarter of collisions in California on Super Bowl Sunday in 2010 – the most recent year with complete data – were alcohol-related.

    CHP said it makes an average of nearly 450 DUI arrests on Super Bowl Sundays.

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    In Los Angeles County, a multiagency DUI task force called "Avoid the 100" will be "deploying special roving DUI patrols" on Sunday.

    "Although the American tradition of gathering together to watch the National Football League’s best battle on the gridiron to win the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy is an exciting time, it is also a weekend of increased alcohol consumption," LAPD said in a press release. "During this Super Bowl weekend, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) would like to remind all community members to drink responsibly."

    Two checkpoint locations were provided by LAPD in a press release Friday:

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    • Friday, Feb. 1 – sobriety checkpoint on Roscoe Boulevard at Coldwater Canyon Avenue from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.;
    • Saturday, Feb. 2 – sobriety checkpoint on Hyperion Avenue at Scotland Street from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday.

    On Sunday and overnight to Monday, the day the 49ers meet the Ravens, LAPD will have DUI saturation patrols in several patrol areas, as listed below:

    • 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Newton and Central Areas
    • 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. in in Topanga Area 
    • 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. in 77th Street Area 
    • 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. in Hollywood Area.

    LAPD reminded the public to report drunken driving activity by calling 911. The department also suggested picking a designated driver.

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