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Police urge Super Bowl party hosts to prevent drunk driving

February 5, 2012 |  3:01 pm

Southern California law enforcement agencies are urging those who throw and attend Super Bowl parties to watch out for drunk celebrants and do what they can to prevent them from driving home.

Police plan to crack down on drunk drivers Sunday evening.

The Los Angeles Police Department plans a "saturation patrol" for impaired drivers in South Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. The California Highway Patrol and many local law enforcement agencies also say they will have officers out in force looking for drunk drivers.

Several Southern California law enforcement agencies released the following tips for those who throw Super Bowl parties:

– Serve plenty of food, and offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.

– Serve only one drink at a time, and serve measured drinks.

– Serve alcohol only to guests who are 21 or older.

– Determine ahead of time when you will stop serving alcohol, such as one hour before the end of the party or at the end of the third quarter of the game.

– Begin serving desserts when you stop serving alcohol.

– Add the phone numbers of local cab companies to your phone, so they are just one touch away.

Authorities offered the following tips for individuals:

– Designate your sober driver before the party begins, and leave your car keys at home if you plan to drink.

– Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers when you are out at a bar or restaurant.

– Offer to be the designated driver the next time you go out.

– Cover the cost of parking for the designated driver, or even pay for a tank of gas.

– Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Pace yourself, and eat enough food.

– Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired.

Glendale police on Sunday plan to crack down on drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol as part of a roving citywide anti-DUI campaign.

Patrolling officers will scatter throughout the city in addition to targeting areas with the highest number of DUI-involved collisions, Police Traffic and Air Support Lt. Steve Robertson said.

“I would love for us to not have a single DUI traffic-related collision,” Robertson said. But, he said, recent DUI trends in Glendale show that such crashes are likely to occur.

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