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Pinellas deputies to increase DUI patrols on Super Bowl Sunday

Deputies will be monitoring busy Pinellas roads from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
 
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said it will increase DUI patrols for Super Bowl Sunday weekend.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said it will increase DUI patrols for Super Bowl Sunday weekend. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Feb. 10

Pinellas County deputies will be increasing patrols for impaired drivers Sunday during and after the Super Bowl, the Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday.

Deputies will be monitoring “highly traveled roadways” across Pinellas County in anticipation of Sunday’s big game. The increased patrol will run from 6 p.m. Sunday evening until Monday morning at 3 a.m.

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The so-called “saturation patrols” are meant to reduce death, injury and property damage from crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. The goal of the patrol is to create public awareness about the risks of drunk or impaired driving, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers kicks off at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office recommends planning a designated driver ahead of festivities and calling a taxi or ride-sharing service if a driver becomes impaired.