Cops crack down on Drunken drivers on Super Sunday
SEATTLE — On Super Bowl Sunday the celebrations started early and so did the drinking.
During the game and afterward at bars all over Seattle bar managers and employees are keeping a close eye out for those who may have had too much to drink.
Joe Piano owns The Hawks Nest next to Century Link Field
He`s concerned about drunk driving, so he`s hired extra security to keep an eye out and dial a cab or Uber for Hawks fans who may have tipped one too many.
“We make sure we physically see them get into another car and get home,” Bar owner Joe Piano said.
Bar managers aren’t the only ones on the lookout for drunk drivers; the State Patrol is too and they’re worried about what might happen.
“We have to be out there to get these people off the road before someone`s seriously injured or killed,” WSP Trooper Mark Francis said.
Last Super Bowl Sunday State Troopers made 123 DUI arrests.
This year, there are 22 State Troopers targeting impaired drivers.
Trooper Francis` advice to football fans? Make a plan.
“If you have money for a taxi set it aside so you don`t spend it throughout the night. Have it in a separate pocket that`s going to be a go to for your taxi,” Trooper Francis said.
“We’re going to have the DUI squad out and about and they’re going to be out in full force,” Seattle police detective Patrick Michaud said.
Off the highway, on the streets of Seattle, police have a very visible presence, in cars, on bikes and on foot.
Their experience last year will be their guide.
“We’re going to be putting officers in various strategic places where we’ve seen parties typically before, like Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, out in the U-District, where we had the same celebrations last year,” Detective Michaud said.
WSP reports making 34 DUI arrests since Friday morning.