Super Bowl Sunday DUI Arrests

According to this Press Democrat Road Warrior Blog Article, On average, the CHP made nearly 450 Super Bowl Sunday DUI arrests on each of the Super Bowl Sundays for the last three years. Last year In Sonoma County, 14 people were arrested on Super Bowl Sunday for DUI and alcohol-related charges.

State and local police, geared up Super Bowl Sunday as the National Football League’s Super Bowl took place in New Orleans. With the nearby San Francisco 49ers participating in the championship game for the first time in 18 years, many police agencies were especially vigilant this year.

The California Highway Patrol expanded their Super Bowl Sunday  patrols in many areas, including Sonoma County. In nearby Marin County, the “Avoid the 13” task force there put a number of plans into action. On the Friday night prior to the Super Bowl, police set up a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint in San Rafael from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday night, law enforcement officers operated saturation patrols, a tactic where police place a large number of officers in a very small, concentrated area.  Lastly, authorities maintained a “strike team” of roving patrols throughout the county tasked with looking specifically for drunk or impaired drivers, from 5 p.m. to midnight (Super Bowl) Sunday night, according to San Rafael Patch.Super Bowl

The Marin initiative represented a collaboration between police, the state’s Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management, an alliance of sports leagues, including the NFL, with concessionaires, distillers and the beer industry.

The importance of these measures was further highlighted by an Automobile Club of Southern California study released recently, showing the massive uptick in DUI incidents on Super Bowl weekend, as opposed to other weekends in January and February, the Santa Rose Press Democrat reported. According to the report, the odds of DUI crash occurring in California are 75 percent higher on the day of the championship game, when compared to other Sundays in the first two months of the year.

The study reviewed crashes involving injuries or fatalities during the period of 2002-11. This number was much worse than Super Bowl Sundays from 1994-2002, when the study only a 41 percent increased likelihood of DUI crashes. The excluded holiday weekends like New Year’s, Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day. According to the study, 642 alcohol-related crashes involving fatalities occurred on the Super Bowl Sunday from 2002-11, as compared to 366 on an average Sunday.

Additionally, the CHP announced that, based upon its information, alcohol played a factor in  almost one quarter of the Super Bowl Sunday crashes across the state in 2010. Those 211 crashes killed six and injured 124. The CHP have made nearly 1,350 DUI arrests during the last three championship game days. Police arrested 14 people in Sonoma County last year on suspicion of DUI or other alcohol-related crimes. Statistics for this past Super Bowl Sunday have yet to be released.

Each Super Bowl Sunday brings a chance to enjoy great fun and socializing, especially when cheering a favorite team. We hope that all Super Bowl Sunday partiers remembered to take care to avoid driving while impaired. If you do find yourself facing a DUI charge, contact an experienced Sonoma County DUI attorney. Our hardworking Santa Rosa DUI attorneys have a long track record of defending DUI cases before the Sonoma County courts, and can advise you regarding how to handle your case.


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