Topic: Super Bowl
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February 6, 2012 at 7:05 AM
Weather: It’s going to be another sunny and (relatively) warm day today. Ditto tomorrow, with no clouds in sight and temps expected to reach — gasp — into the 60s. But don’t get too comfy because it’s supposed to rain again on Wednesday, with clouds, showers or the prospect of same visited upon us for the rest of the week. Enjoy it while you can. Details:
Traffic: There were spots of heavy traffic on I-5 south of Lynnwood early this morning but for the most part, the major freeways were flowing smoothly. For the latest:
Post Super Bowl DUIs: The number of arrests — 11 — state troopers made in King County was down a bit this year from Super Bowl Sunday a year ago, when 15 drivers were busted between the hours of 5 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. the next morning. As holidays and special-event days go, St. Patrick’s Day is still the biggie for such arrests; last year on St. Paddy’s, troopers arrested some 30 individuals for driving under the influence in King County. Not so much on Christmas night, when troopers arrested just 2 drivers last year and 4 the year before. State Trooper Julie Stardup says the number of arrests is influenced to some extent by factors such as the holiday’s day of the week and the patrol’s available manpower on that particular day.
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February 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Whether you’re a Giants fan or a Patriots fan, there’s one thing we can all agree on: No one wants to end Super Bowl Sunday in the slammer.
Law enforcement agencies in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will be out in force on Sunday, looking for Super Bowl partiers who may have imbibed too much during the big game. Partiers are urged to have a designated driver or take a bus or cab to and from Super Bowl parties.
Half of all traffic deaths in Washington state on the Super Bowl evening have involved an impaired driver, according to Public Health — Seattle & King County. Since 2009, 191 people have been arrested for drunken driving on Super Bowl Sunday in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, the health agency says.
“We want to get the word out so people can make safe choices this Sunday,” said John Cheesman, chief of the Fircrest Police Department and chairman of the Tacoma/Pierce County DUI & Traffic Safety Task Force. “Watching the Super Bowl and all the commercials is a lot of fun, but when the game is over, fans who have been drinking need to make sure they don’t get behind the wheel.”
For more information on law enforcement agencies that will be participating in Super Bowl Sunday DUI patrols, click here.
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