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CHP DUI Campaign Nabs 307 Impaired Drivers, Patrols Continue Sunday

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    CHP DUI Campaign Nabs 307 Impaired Drivers

    A recent campaign by the California Highway Patrol nabbed 307 DUI arrests in the Bay Area, and officers were rigorously patrolling on Super Bowl Sunday, as well, the CHP said. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Monday, Feb. 5, 2018)

    A recent campaign by the California Highway Patrol nabbed 307 DUI arrests in the Bay Area, and officers were rigorously patrolling on Super Bowl Sunday, as well, the CHP said.

    On Sunday, all available personnel, including command staff, middle managers, supervisors and officers, were patrolling, according to the CHP.

    NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd was on a ride-along with Officer Tim Scott on Sunday looking for impaired drivers, as well as sideshows.

    "As soon as we know one is occurring, we send all units right away," Scott said. "It disrupts traffic, and it’s incredibly dangerous."

    Also dangerous on a night after a big event like the Super Bowl are impaired drivers.

    "Anytime you have big sporting events like this we’re going to see a busy evening," Scott said.

    During last year's Super Bowl, one person was killed in California in an alcohol-involved collision and 41 others were injured, according to the CHP.

    The "Enough is Enough" zero tolerance campaign ran from Jan. 22 through Jan. 31 after several high-profile DUI-related traffic collisions, according to the CHP.

    During the campaign, all available personnel patrolled CHP roadways in the Bay Area with a zero tolerance approached to drunk or drugged driving. The CHP's Golden Gate division arrested 307 impaired drivers, according to the CHP.

    Thirteen of these arrests were solely marijuana-related, the CHP noted.

    The law enforcement agency asked individuals hosting Super Bowl parties to do their part by keeping impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.

    "Have a game plan ready to avoid a tragedy. Leave your car keys at home if you will be consuming alcoholic beverages, and use public transportation, a designated driver or a ride-hailing service to stay safe," Warren Stanley, acting commissioner of the CHP, said in a statement.

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