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Fairfax County Police Plan Extra Patrols Super Bowl Sunday

by Karen Goff February 5, 2016 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

Fairfax County Police Fairfax County Police say DWI patrols will be “out in full force this weekend” as residents prepare for the Super Bowl, which has become something of a national drinking holiday.

“The Super Bowl is America’s most popular sporting event,” police said in a release. “Game day parties can be epic events with football, great food, lots of friends, and typically, alcohol. Unfortunately, adding alcoholic beverages in the mix makes this weekend historically dangerous.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says in 2012, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday were caused by drunk driving.

In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation.

BACtrack, a company that makes smart phone-enabled breathalyzers, says that in 2014, its users recorded an average Blood Alcohol Content of .091 percent on Super Bowl Sunday. The legal BAC limit in Virginia is .08 percent.

From the FCPD:

What’s your game plan this weekend? Are you drinking OR are you driving? Doing both is simply not an option. Driving while intoxicated is illegal, dangerous and costly but easily preventable.  Some basic planning can keep you and other drivers safe this weekend, or any weekend.  If you plan to drink, plan not to drive:

  • Designate a sober driver.
  • Arrange for a taxi.
  • Plan to stay overnight at a friend’s home.

If you are hosting a party, here are some helpful tips:

  • Offer non-alcoholic drinks in addition to beer.
  • Serve plenty of food. A full stomach can slow the rate of alcohol absorption.
  • Stop serving alcohol an hour or two before the party ends.
  • Arrange alternate transportation for your intoxicated guests.
  • Never serve minors alcohol.

Protect yourself from drunk drivers on the road by knowing how to spot one. An impaired driver may:

  • Weave, swerve or straddle the center line.
  • Drive on the wrong side of the road.
  • Drive at a very slow speed.
  • Stop or brake for no reason.
  • Have an extremely slow response to traffic conditions or signals.
  • Drive without headlights at night.

  • SouthRestonResident

    I’ll assume they will encroach my 4th amendment rights to illegal search & seizure by having these wasteful ‘checkpoints’ up. If I am driving properly and have no shown no probable cause to be pulled over by an officer I should not be made to stop and have my rights infringed upon.

    Alas, they’ll do it – get away with it and people will just deal with it.

    • LicenseToIIll

      Sure… (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
      Your right to drink and drive surely outweighs the fact:
      In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation.

      • Ming the Merciless

        Did you miss the part where he said, “If I am driving properly and have no shown no probable cause to be pulled over”?

  • John Higgins

    I often wonder what is behind the somewhat bizarre views that object to reasonable law enforcement measures. Sobriety checkpoints save lives, and not just those of the impaired drivers. It’s an inconvenience. Instead of railing about loss of the 60 seconds in your all-important routine, maybe you should be complaining that there are not enough of these actions.

    Pardon my pointing thus out, but these checkpoints are neither searches nor seizures. It is well established that police have the right to stop and engage you (in car or on foot). Based on that engagement, the officer might form reasonable suspicion that a law has been violated (smell of alcohol, slurred speech, admission of drinking). His/her inquiry might then escalate to determine if here is probable cause to detain you (seizure) or conduct a search.

    Want to avoid Fourth Amendment issues? It’s easy: don’t drink and drive, cooperate at a checkpoint, and drive on.

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