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Posted at 5:31 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Super Bowl crackdown nets many DUI arrests

By Washington Post Editors

[This post has been updated]

Maryland police arrested dozens of suspected drunk drivers on Sunday as part of a crackdown for Super Bowl Sunday. Troopers issued more than 3,000 traffic citations and warnings statewide.

Troopers arrested 42 people for DUI, issued 1,653 traffic citations and 1,604 warnings. The authorities also made 22 criminal arrests and recovered two guns, police said. The DUI arrests were spread out across the state.

Virginia State Police arrested two drivers in Arlington Sunday as part of its "Trooper Bowl" enforcement program.

Virginia troopers also issued 42 citations for violations from speeding to driving without a seat belt, authorities said.

"We 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," said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Police increased patrols for drunk and aggressive drivers on interstates in Northern Virginia from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

"We want people to enjoy themselves, but not at the expense of hurting or killing others by getting behind the wheel and driving drunk," said 1st Sgt. Eric J. Penree of the Virginia State Police.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 7, 2011; 5:31 PM ET
Categories:  Northern Virginia  
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Comments

They laud the fact that they got 2 DUI arrests?? Big deal. In fact, all of the results are a big "BIG DEAL." Apparently, most of the cops must have been sitting in the 7-11 parking lot or having a coffee at Dunkin' Donuts.

Posted by: rpcv84 | February 7, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

And how much money was spent for increased patrols and officers on duty? People are growing smarter or making better decisions. Simple as that. Which the means police are falling behind and focusing on all of the wrong details.

Which leads me to believe that a speeding ticket dragnet will ensue to make up for the "Trooper Bowl's" losses. Way to go VA! (That was sarcasm for those who can't pick up on such literary devices.)

Posted by: ericroks | February 7, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

A simple secret to reduce your auto insurance Call your insurance agent or the company and let him know you are "Thinking" of moving your policy since it is high, most of the time they reduce the rates check clearance auto insurance website for more tips.

Posted by: gailburke8 | February 8, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Don't you think you should make the police pay for the advertising space? And two DUI's ain't worth spitting at. Wonder if either will stand up in a court of law.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | February 8, 2011 4:00 AM | Report abuse

@rpcv84---no, they were lauding the fact that they got ONLY two DUI arrests.

@ericroks---no, your sarcasm came thru loud and clear.........

Posted by: daveb59 | February 8, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

As usual some of you selectively read parts of the piece. Sheesh.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 8, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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