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Local Law Enforcement Promise to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers During Super Bowl

DUI saturation patrols will be deployed throughout Riverside County.

Photo courtesy:  California Office of Traffic Safety
Photo courtesy: California Office of Traffic Safety

Super Bowl celebrants who drink and drive will be targeted in a law enforcement crackdown this weekend aimed at keeping drunk- and drug-impaired motorists off of Riverside County roads.

The county's Avoid the 30 task force -- named for the number of participating agencies -- is planning saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to snare inebriated drivers before, during and after the NFL championship game, according to Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter, the Avoid coordinator.

"Motorists can expect all police officers, sheriff's deputies and the California Highway Patrol to have a visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive," Showalter said.

Sunday's operations are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Football League's "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk" campaign.

Showalter said anti-DUI saturation patrols are scheduled in a variety of locations, while sobriety checkpoints will be deployed in Riverside and San Jacinto.

Law enforcement officials offered the following tips to people planning to host Super Bowl parties:

  • Ensure guests have a designated driver or can arrange for ride-sharing;
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party;
  • Stop serving alcohol before the end of the game's third quarter; and
  • Take the keys away from guests showing obvious signs of drunkenness and call them a cab if necessary.

On Super Bowl Sunday night 2010, then-Riverside police Chief Russ Leach ran a red light and crashed his city-owned vehicle, driving on the rims for several miles, while intoxicated. He resigned days later and eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI, resulting in his being sentenced to home detention and probation.

—City News Service.

southernbelle February 04, 2014 at 12:54 PM
oh, my bad. Here's a silly comment form the Sgt. "In a release, Temecula Police Sgt. Dean Spivacke said that the purpose of the checkpoint was to keep residents safe." Menawhile there was a water main break at the same location causing traffic to be an even worse nightmare, I guess. I didn't experience it--thankfully. Over 2000 cars, 1700ish being screened--and like I said before--it had to be a facade for something else that no one is mentioning. Thoughts??? immigrant? drugs? I'm not buying a DUI checkpoint at that time in the AM.
southernbelle February 04, 2014 at 12:56 PM
hey--how come the time stamps are 2 hrs ahead???? I almost had a heart attack--got to get to work. have a fun day all.
ATC February 05, 2014 at 12:16 AM
Well, reading that link, it appears that there is indeed a reason for doing the checkpoint at 8 am during the week. Temecula had nearly 40 daytime DUI arrests last year, 25% of them on a Wednesday. Lotta daytime drinking going on in Temecula?
The Majority February 05, 2014 at 12:33 AM
I think what's really interesting here is that Temecula Police Sgt. Dean Spivacke indicated in a press conference regarding that checkpoint on Wednesday Oct 30th that the department made 10 DUI arrests over a one year period occurring on Wednesdays. Hypothetically, if we were to assume that a DUI checkpoint was as effective as all of the alternatives methods used to acquire 10 DUI arrests over a 52 week period, the department only had a 1 and 5 to make one DUI arrest on Oct 30th. If only two or three arrests were made that day, the department could justify that the checkpoint was more effective than all of the alternatives used to make DUI arrests. This is evidence that DUI checkpoints are far less effective than all of the alternatives used for making the roads safer by removing impaired drivers
KB February 07, 2014 at 01:10 AM
@ATC I was mistaken, the jay walker beat up and hospitalized by the police was 84 not 80. Just google: 84 year old hospital jaywalk

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