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DUI Enforcement Stepped up in Del. for Super Bowl Sunday

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DOVER, Del.- Law enforcement agencies across Delaware will be deploying roving DUI patrols in an effort to get impaired drivers off the road on Super Bowl Sunday, according to the state Office of Highway Safety.

The OHS said that on the day of the big game, a DUI checkpoint will be held in Wilmington while Delaware State Police and other local law enforcement agencies will be conducting more than 20 scheduled overtime DUI saturation patrols statewide.

Officials noted that last year during NFL playoffs and Super Bowl Sunday, police across the First State conducted 60 DUI saturation patrols and three checkpoints that yielded seven DUI arrests, 13 drug arrests, nine wanted persons apprehended, 214 speeding citations, 17 cellphone citations, 28 seat belt citations, and 250 other traffic and criminal arrests..

Those convicted of a first-time DUI offense in Delaware can expect to lose their driver's license for up to one year, attend an 8-week DUI treatment class and pay more than $6,090 in court, treatment, DMV, and lawyer's fees.  Subsequent DUI convictions include mandatory jail time and higher fines.

The OHS is offering the following tips to help you have a safe Super Bowl:

  • If you're going out to a bar or party, designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
  • Once out, if you've been drinking alcohol, don't even think about getting behind the wheel. Ask a sober friend for a ride home. Call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you, or stay where you are until you are sober.
  • Finally, remember, Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.
  • If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, serve lots of high protein food and be sure to include lots of non-alcoholic beverages. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game – and begin serving coffee and dessert. Be sure all of your guests designate their drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers. Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.

Download the OHS Super Bowl Mocktail book for recipes and party tips at: http://ohs.delaware.gov/pdfs/2014/Mocktails/OHS_13291_SuperBowl_Mocktail_Booklet.pdf.


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