Police report decrease in Super Bowl DUIs

By Jola Szubielski - bio | email

Posted by Colby Rogers

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As the Super Bowl celebrations wound down last night, state police and local law enforcement were ramping up.

They were patrolling the streets and holding numerous DUI checkpoints and preliminary reports indicate the number of impaired drivers on the roadways declined this Super Bowl over last.

While still too early for specifics, calls made Monday morning to law enforcement suggests there has not been an increase in DUIs.

Some localities, like Colonial Heights and Powhatan, say they've seen no major increase in DUI arrests compared to any other ordinary Sunday night.

That's exactly what law enforcement would hope to hear, as they believe that means drivers are listening to their warnings about celebrating the Super Bowl safely.

They've been urging that party-goers to be responsible, plan ahead and get a designated driver or find a ride.

While specific numbers have yet to be made available from Richmond and Henrico, a Chesterfield police spokesperson says they had only four arrests from 5 p.m. Sunday night until Monday morning.

That's two less than last year's Super Bowl Sunday - a good indication that the safety message is finally getting out there.

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