Dozens arrested in Super Bowl DUI enforcement
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."
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