DUI task force works overtime in Snohomish Co. on Super Bowl Sunday
EDMONDS, Wash. - Nine extra law enforcement officers patrolled Snohomish County on Super Bowl Sunday due to the heightened risk of drunken drivers.
The county’s added enforcement for Super Bowl LII is part of a statewide “Target Zero” campaign that aims to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2030.
According to early reports, there were six DUI arrests on Sunday - eight fewer than a year ago, said Stacey McShane, Target Zero manager.
McShane added that all nine officers were working overtime hours, funded by a traffic safety commission grant.
Super Bowl Sunday is annually one of the heaviest drinking days of the year.
According to Forbes, Americans consumed more than 325 million gallons of alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday in 2016.
“Hopefully the numbers (of DUIs) can go down - that’s the ultimate goal - to get them off the roads so they’re not hurting themselves and others,” said Edmonds police officer Boone Bruggman.
Bruggman said he made 24 traffic stops on Sunday and zero DUI arrests.