Super Bowl crackdown nets many DUI arrests
[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.
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