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Super Bowl: Southern California police plan drunk driving crackdown

February 3, 2012 |  1:20 pm

Super Bowl revelers beware: Police will be out in force Sunday with an eye for inebriated drivers.

Law enforcement agencies across Southern California plan extra patrols over the next few days targeting those who drive drunk. The Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol plan efforts beginning Friday, and several other agencies plan to be on watch before and after the Super Bowl game on Sunday.

Glendale police on Sunday plan to crackdown 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, said Police Traffic and Air Support Lt. Steve Robertson. Law enforcement throughout Los Angeles County will also conduct roving DUI patrols.

“I would love for us to not have a single DUI traffic-related collision,” Robertson said.

But if history is any indication, Robertson said recent DUI trends in Glendale show the collisions are likely to happen.

DUI-related traffic collisions have been on the rise for the last four years, he added.

Police made 732 drunk driving arrests last year, up from 639 in 2010, according to Police Department crime statistics.

The increase has prompted Glendale police officials to establish a DUI team, which patrols on certain days and times in neighborhoods with the most DUI traffic-related issues.

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