Troopers plan anti-DUI blitz for Super Bowl Sunday
February 1, 2011
NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 2011
Target Zero Teams in King County plan to tackle drunken driving on Super Bowl Sunday.
Washington State Patrol troopers plan to fan out on state roads across the county in the hours after Super Bowl XLV.
“Fans don’t let fans drive drunk,” WSP Chief John Batiste said in a release. “Baseball has the designated hitter. On Super Bowl Sunday we need designated drivers to make sure their fellow fans get home safely.”
The agency also encouraged motorists to call 911 to report suspected impaired drivers. Under state law, drivers can use mobile phones to report emergencies to 911.
Target Zero Teams include a full-time core of state troopers, plus sheriff’s deputies and officers from local agencies if staffing and funding permit. The goal is to eliminate drunken driving-related deaths.
The team plans to use new computer mapping techniques to deploy based on locations of previous drunken-driving deaths, locations of repeatedly reported impaired drivers and prior DUI arrest sites.
A state patrol aircraft outfitted in forward looking infrared technology is due to assist troopers on the ground. Callers reporting impaired drivers could be patched through to the pilot. The pilot then monitor the suspect vehicle until a trooper on the ground can catch up.
Sunday marks the inaugural post-Super Bowl enforcement for the Target Zero Teams.
Troopers arrested 19 impaired drivers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties last year in the post-game hours.