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Posted at 3:20 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Dozens arrested in Super Bowl DUI enforcement

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

State police in Maryland and Northern Virginia arrested dozens of suspected drunk drivers and issued thousands of other traffic tickets Sunday night as part of special Super Bowl enforcement efforts, authorities said.

Troopers in Maryland arrested 42 suspected drunk drivers, wrote 1,653 traffic citations and issued 1,604 warnings as part of the effort on Sunday, authorities said. The arrests and citations were spread across the state, authorities said.

In Northern Virginia, where police had targeted interstate highways, state police arrested two drivers in Arlington for suspected DUI and issued 42 summonses for other traffic violations such as speeding and not wearing a seat belt, authorities said. A state police spokeswoman said commanders "would like to believe that the minimal number of DUI arrests is a result of Northern Virginians making the safe, responsible decision to not to drink and drive on Super Bowl Sunday,"

Police traditionally beef up enforcement in the hours surrounding the Super Bowl, when drunk drivers leaving bars and house parties are likely to be on the road. This year, police offered some creative pitches to stop such people from getting behind the wheel in the first place, warning Packers fans, for example, to "not wear large pieces of cheese on your head while driving."

By Matt Zapotosky  | February 7, 2011; 3:20 PM ET
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Didnt know a CheeseHead was probable cause...oh well.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | February 7, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

1604 WARNINGS????? Do bank robbers get warnings when they rob a bank for the first time???

You publicize in the local papers that police will be out there from 4pm til midnight, still catch people who don't care and give some WARNINGS!!!!!!

Ticket everyone caught DUI, speeding or otherwise is the only way to deter this type of flagrant behavior. If a drunk person doesn't have the common sense to let his friend drive then he doesn't deserve any breaks from law enforcement...this same person will end up maiming or killling someone in the future...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 7, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Police offered "creative pitches" to stop such people".

Wonderful...still caught them and gave out WARNINGS after those wonderful "creative pitches"....Respect works both ways!!!!!!

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 7, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

What was the point of stopping people in the first place if all that was issued were warnings. Do they honestly think the drunken idiots behind the wheel are even going to remember getting pulled over? They'll be back to drinking and driving again in no time.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | February 7, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

You guys are idiots. The people who were issued the warnings were not DUI. Police pulled over individuals for speeding, seatbelts, not using a turn signal, etc. That is the reason they pulled the people over-those drivers were exhibiting behavior indicative of driving under the influence. Once the officers determined that they were not under the influence, they probably issued a warning for those minor infractions. Their primary reason for patrol was to identify individuals who were under the influence, not for minor traffic infractions. They would not issue a warning to someone who was under the influence of alcohol.

Posted by: speed654 | February 7, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Man, I consider a good time a bottle of Stoli, a Corvette convertible and a 135mph drive around the beltway.

The cops are such a buzz kill.

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | February 8, 2011 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Well I had "Brand Name" car insurance and my rates seemed a bit high. I was nervous about switching because I had pretty good coverage. I ended up switching companies and now I have the same great coverage for a cheaper price through Clearance Auto insurance.

Posted by: gailburke8 | February 8, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

If they were drunk -- or anywhere near it -- they certainly wouldn't have let them away with a warning, Einstein.

Sounds like a lot of cops missed watching the Super Bowl to pull over people without seatbelts. That's victory?

Posted by: mike8 | February 10, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

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