Police plan anti-DUI blitz for Super Bowl Sunday

February 2, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Feb. 2, 2012

Expect to see extra police cruisers on roads in Issaquah and King County as officers look for impaired drivers on Super Bowl Sunday.

The evening of the Super Bowl game is historically a dangerous time on Washington roads due to the high number of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police in Issaquah plan to participate in the anti-DUI blitz. Officers in nearby cities and Washington State Patrol troopers plan to participate, too.

“Make the right call and choose a safe ride home this weekend,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, in the statement. “Before your party begins, designate a sober driver, ride the bus or take a cab.”

Half of all traffic deaths in Washington state on the Super Bowl evening involved impaired drivers. Since 2009, police arrested 191 people for DUI on Super Bowl Sunday in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

“We want to get the word out so people can make safe choices this Sunday,” John Cheesman, chief of the Fircrest Police Department and chairman of the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, said in a statement. “Watching the Super Bowl and all the commercials is a lot of fun, but when the game is over, fans who have been drinking need to make sure they don’t get behind the wheel.”

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