Police agencies from Santa Barbara to San Diego beefed up their DUI patrols over the Super Bowl weekend. Obviously, this was a fun-filled day for Americans. In most California cities, a record number of DUI arrests are made on Super Bowl Sunday. Most police departments carry out DUI saturation patrols or checkpoints on this day.
The Orange County Register reported last year that on Super Bowl Sunday 2010, more than 40 people were arrested county-wide for driving under the influence. The patrols in Orange County were carried out by a special task force that included the sheriff’s department, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials, and local law enforcement personnel. The CHP also reports that on Super Bowl Sunday 2009, 11 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes, which amounts to three times the daily average in California. On the same day, more than 160 people were injured in alcohol-related car accidents, which is twice the daily average in California.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal under California law. A DUI conviction in California has dire consequences, some of which include jail time, enrollment in mandatory alcohol education program, loss of driver’s license, hefty penalties, and required installation of an ignition interlock device (IID).
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties, please contact the experienced California drunk driving defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan. We will discuss your case at no cost and build a solid defense to obtain the best possible outcome. Call us today at 866-430-8383 to find out how we can help.