State, Local Police To Step Up DUI Patrols This Weekend

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — State and local police want drivers to know they will be watching on Super Bowl Sunday.

“We’re sending the same message – don’t get behind the wheel if impaired or you’ll be arrested,” Cathy Tress, with the Pennsylvania DUI Task Force, said.

For Tony Ciotti and his Pear Transportation Company, which ferries drivers who may have had too much to drink home from the bars in their own cars, business will be good this Sunday.

They’re at complete capacity.

“Events like this, there’s always going to be checkpoints around,” Ciotti said. “It’s a precaution the city needs to take and it’s something that certainly helps our business when word gets around like that.”

State police say they want people to be able to get where they’re going safely.

“This is almost like a holiday – almost bigger than a holiday, so there will be a lot of people getting from one party to another,” Trooper Robin Mungo said. “We want to make sure they do that safely so we will see a lot more people stationed out than we normally do.”

Having a local team in the Super Bowl makes DUI enforcement efforts even more important. The Eagles or Steelers have appeared in three of the last six Super Bowls.

PennDOT says in those years, the number of alcohol-related statewide following the Super Bowl averaged 50.

In the off years, that number dropped to 28.

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  1. Lindsay Lohan says:

    Why dont the cops watch the game and leave us alone?

    1. Rj says:

      This is great. i agree.

  2. Common Sense says:

    why be reactionary? Why dont the police just drive people home in squad cars for $10 flat rate?

    1. Real Common Sense says:

      Well, Say you are being driven home and the Cop gets a call. Do you expect him to take you home first? Or maybe you want to go spend 3 hours at a crash scene and be in the way.

  3. Franklin Benjamin Richards says:

    Here’s and idea… how about we just let the police do their job and not complain about it?

    I have relatives who are no longer with us not because THEY drank and then drove, but because SOMEONE ELSE did. This happens FAR too often… so I fully support our police keeping an eye on those who choose to endanger the lives of others with their own blatant stupidity.

    1. MARK says:

      THEY.RE ARE NOT KEEPING AN EYE ON DRUNK DRIVERS. THEY ARE ENTRAPPING PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVEN 3 BEERS TO MAKE MONEY!
      GROW UP – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!! IF THEY CARED ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS PULL OVER THE CARS THAT ARE ALL OVER THE DAMN ROAD!

  4. Pgh pd says:

    Believe me the police would love to stay home and watch the game, maybe enjoy some delicious dip. instead we get to dress up in riot gear, freeze our butts off and work 12 hour days. What if it’s your day off you ask? Well those guys are forced to come in anyway. Just remember guys: use your head and don’t be stupid out there. We are all Steeler too and if we could we would be right next to you celebrating

    1. Rae says:

      Some of us realize how hard the PGH PD works and are extremely grateful! Go Steelers!!!

  5. Say Cheese says:

    hey GOD,,, The devil made me do it!!!!

  6. john says:

    Close the bars and arrest any bar flys who don’t give a damn about other people.

  7. Johnnie says:

    If you need to drink, do it at home and beat up on your family and don’t kill mine.

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