Law enforcement cracking down on DUI drivers Super Bowl weekend


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Law enforcement cracking down on DUI drivers Super Bowl weekend

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Jan 30, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An estimated 292,000 visitors are expected to be in Las Vegas over the weekend for the Super Bowl, and that means we'll see a lot of extra traffic on the roads.

Local law enforcement are gearing up to crack down on drunk driving.

Officers say Super Bowl weekend rivals Halloween, St. Patrick's Day and even New Year's Eve in drunk driving arrests.

Over Super Bowl weekend last year, 131 people were arrested on Valley roads for drunk driving; nationally, an average of 40-percent of deaths over Super Bowl weekend are related to drunk driving.

More than 20 law enforcement agencies are working together to saturate Valley roads to catch drunk drivers this weekend. At any given time, an additional 20 officers from four different agencies will be on patrol.

"My sister died 3 days before her 19th birthday," said Andrew Bennett, whose sister Lindsay was killed by a drunk driver in 2009 when a wrong-way driver on the 215 hit her car head-on. "I didn't just lose a sister but this community lost a contributing member of society that was also a cousin, a niece, a granddaughter, a godmother, a teammate, and classmate."

If you have too much to drink while watching the game, AAA is offering it's Tipsy Tow program to get you home safely. For more information, click here.

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for Action News.