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Super Bowl: Police plan drunk-driving crackdowns

February 5, 2012 |  7:50 am

A CHP sobriety checkpoint in Orange County in 2003

Law enforcement agencies across Southern California plan extra patrols on Super Bowl Sunday targeting drunk drivers.

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.

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 told the Glendale News-Press.

“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 such collisions are likely to occur.

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

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

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Photo: An officer talks with a driver at a DUI checkpoint several years ago. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times

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