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Superbowl Weekend: DUI Crackdown Begins Tonight In Lake Elsinore

"Let's make sure we all celebrate in a responsible manner by not drinking and driving," said Sgt. Peter Giannakakos.

The Superbowl has become a part of American popular culture for both football fans and non-football fans alike. Families, friends, and co-workers all get together to celebrate the great American event. Let's make sure we all celebrate in a responsible manner by not drinking and driving.

The Lake Elsinore Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/driver's license checkpoint tonight at an undisclosed location within the city limits, it was announced.

“Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000,” said Sgt. Peter Giannakakos of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station.

Tonight’s crackdown is part of a ramp-up as football fans ready for Superbowl Sunday.

"The Superbowl has become a part of American popular culture for both football fans and non-football fans alike. Families, friends, and co-workers all get together to celebrate the great American event. Let's make sure we all celebrate in a responsible manner by not drinking and driving," the sergeant said.

Tonight's crackdown is also part of an ongoing effort to reduce DUI incidents throughout the year.

“In 2012, the Lake Elsinore Police Department investigated 30 DUI collisions in which 37 persons were injured and two were killed,” the sergeant said.

One Voice February 02, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I'm all for keeping drunks off the street, how about a daily crackdown on stupid drivers that aren't drunk?????? Amazing that we can pull out every cop available on any given Holiday or festivity but you don't see one anywhere in the trouble traffic areas at peek hours when people are being killed, drivers are breaking cell phone laws, speed laws and just being stupid. Oh wait, there isn't as much revenue in the daily idiots as there is in a DUI...geez
J Freidberg February 02, 2013 at 02:39 AM
I agree, it seems like they (cops) want to kill any chance that the pubs in Elsinore to make a few bucks this week end. I agree, again that no one want to total drunk behind the wheel however, lets consider the local people that will not be driving across town or the point .08. I think Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, would not pass this on any given day! Yes, I know Ted is gone, my point we have taken things way to far and have lost common sense for the all might buck.
Reverend Smith February 02, 2013 at 06:39 PM
How about not tipping-off the tipsy drivers on where not to drive so they can keep driving drunk without any consequences (until it's too late.)
One Voice February 04, 2013 at 08:10 PM
That might work Rev but every bar in town knows where the checkpoints are and tell their customers, so logically unless the drunks are from out of the area the drunks in the area already know where to avoid going through one.

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