SUISUN CITY — Police will have a keen eye out Sunday for drunken drivers due to Super Bowl Sunday.
The Suisun City Police Department is adding extra officers to patrol for potential drunk drivers this Sunday, according to an announcement from the department.
Every regularly scheduled patrol officer who is working will be watching for the telltale signs of impaired driving before, during and after the game, to stop and arrest any they find driving under the influence.
“If you plan on drinking alcohol during the big game, we encourage you to designate a sober driver or plan for alternative modes of transportation such as a taxi cab to get you home safely,” traffic officer Michael Urlaub said in the release. “A taxi cab may cost you $30, but that’s nothing compared to the $10,000 or more in fees, fines and the stigma that can stem from getting a DUI.”
Suisun City’s extra patrols are funded with a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Nationally in 2012, alcohol-involved crashes took 10,322 lives, the release states. California saw 802 deaths in DUI crashes in 2012. These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays.
Whether watching the Super Bowl at a bar or hosting a party, law enforcement officials remind everyone to choose a sober designated driver.
Fairfield police Sgt. Matt Bloesch echoed the warnings.
“They’ve put the word out to be very aware that it is Super Bowl Sunday,” Bloesch said. “Especially the night shift, because they come on around 6 p.m., right when the game would be getting out. They’re looking for drunk drivers.”
He said the department doesn’t have any specific plans for extra patrols or a DUI checkpoint, but officers on the streets will be on the lookout nonetheless.
“Hopefully the public takes that into consideration and people make the wise decision to use a designated driver,” Bloesch said. “It’s not worth the money of a DUI, but if you get in a wreck and hurt someone . . . .”
Police reminded residents to celebrate responsibly and to call a cab or ask a sober friend for a ride if you’ve had too much to drink.
They also ask people to call 911 if they see a suspected drunken driver on the road.
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