SAFETY

Expect additional DUI shifts on Super Bowl Sunday

Feb 5, 2021, 11:50 AM
semi-truck driver...
FILE: UHP stops a suspect in a Amber Alert from Colorado on I-70, girl was located inside the car.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Utah law enforcement officials say they have their own game plan for Super Bowl Sunday. It includes officers, deputies and troopers working overtime DUI shifts to deter, detect and stop impaired driving.

Find a sober ride for Super Bowl Sunday

The National Football League’s Super Bowl LV is on Sunday, February 7, 2021. The annual event is one of America’s favorite celebrations, although Lieutenant Nick Street with Utah Highway Patrol says, unfortunately, fans make irresponsible decisions too often.

“Over the past five years we’ve averaged about 40 DUI arrests on Super Bowl Sunday in Utah,” he explains.

That number really spiked in 2018 with 60 DUI arrests. Last year, 43 DUI arrests were made.

The Utah Highway Patrol and 73 law enforcement agencies throughout Utah recently completed a two-week Winter Holiday DUI enforcement period, arresting 101 impaired drivers.

“It’s so easy”

According to Lieutenant Street, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel after drinking. 

“It’s so easy to use a ride sharing app or find a designated driver,” he says.

This Sunday will be a Super Bowl viewing experience unlike any other, as national and local health officials urge people to stay away from large gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the plea to avoid gathering, which has been an ongoing message for nearly a year, local law enforcement agencies have stayed plenty busy pulling over impaired drivers.

“We’re still seeing a pretty consistent number of DUI’s being arrested,” says Lieutenant Street. “Our DUI rates have [actually] increased, even here in the state of Utah throughout the pandemic.”

In Utah, the BAC limit is .05. A DUI arrest may result in the suspension of your driver license, impoundment of your vehicle and jail time. The average DUI costs approximately $10,000.

Looking ahead to the numbers on Sunday, 25 different law enforcement agencies will be working more than 75 DUI overtime shifts. 

Today’s Top Stories

Safety

Map of Layton City firework restrictions...
Waverly Golden

Layton City is under extreme firework restrictions

A Facebook post by Layton City said a firework ban is in place east of Highway 89 and hazard zones. Citations will be issued for violations.
24 hours ago
Photo of Riverton Police, the ones who sent out the amber alert, vehicle...
Mark Jones

8-year-old boy struck by car in Riverton, suffers head injury

Riverton police an 8-year-old boy suffered a head injury Friday night after a collision with a vehicle. The boy was transported to Primary Children's Hospital.
2 days ago
Utah deadliest days UHP investigates double fatal accident....
Mark Jones

One person dead in three-vehicle crash in southern Utah

The Utah Highway Patrol reports that one person died Friday following a three-vehicle crash in southern Utah. One other person was transported to the hospital with injuries.
2 days ago
Herbert Cox statement Reyes election lawsuit...
Mark Jones

State of Utah files lawsuit against pharmaceutical retailers

Three pharmaceutical retailers are facing a lawsuit from the State of Utah. The lawsuit was filed the week of July 1.
2 days ago
A heart attack occurs every 40 seconds in America, and heart disease is the number one killer of me...
Curt Gresseth

Be Ready Utah: CPR training (for when someone stops breathing)

A heart attack happens every 40 seconds in the US. KSL 5 TV's Shara Park explains the importance of her CPR training and why everyone should be trained.
2 days ago
Two people have been gored by bison at Yellowstone National Park in less than a week. An expert at ...
Mark Jones

Expert says to give bison their space and distance

An expert at Antelope Island State Park says bison need to be given their space and distance. This message comes after two people were gored by bison at Yellowstone National Park
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Expect additional DUI shifts on Super Bowl Sunday