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Citrus Heights police to join statewide DUI crackdown for Super Bowl weekend

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In a news release issued last week Citrus Heights police announced their “game plan” for Super Bowl Sunday: deploy extra teams of officers on the streets to seek, stop, and arrest intoxicated drivers — including those under the influence of drugs.

Called DUI “saturation patrols,” police said the additional enforcement officers will be deployed on the upcoming Super Bowl weekend, searching for drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment. The effort is part of a joint campaign around the state, involving sheriff’s departments, police, and the California Highway Patrol.

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“Be sure to have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver is,” said Citrus Heights Police Chief Ron Lawrence in a statement to media. “We want to encourage folks to turn over their keys to a sober driver before the game begins.”

According to police statistics, there were more than 200 DUI arrests in Citrus Heights last year and over 50 DUI-related collisions. Statewide, police said there were over 1,000 DUI-related deaths in 2016.

Police said funding for the Super Bowl DUI crackdown operation comes from a California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) grant, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. CHPD announced last October it had received a $164,000 OTS grant to help fund a year-long program of safety-related efforts, including DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols.

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