The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Feb. 7, there were lots of Super Bowl 50 activities that may have included alcohol, and that’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Office of Traffic Safety and law enforcement officials cracked down on drinking and driving.
The San Bernardino County Probation Department specifically focused on probationers who, as a condition of their probation, cannot consume alcohol and were cautioned to make plans for non-alcohol festivities.
On Super Bowl Sunday, officers assigned to the Probation Department’s DUI Unit conducted home visits with the goal of stopping probationers who showed signs of impairment from driving.
Eight probation officers attempted to contact 100 targets during an eight-hour shift that coincided with the Super Bowl. Officers were deployed throughout the county, from the Rancho Cucamonga area to the High Desert.
During the operation, officers contacted 108 probationers and completed 53 searches. Two probationers were found to be in violation for positive breathalyzer tests and five additional probationers were found to be in violation for other reasons. There were no arrests for new crimes.
The operation was planned specifically to get in front of potential drinking and driving violations. During the home visits, probation officers looked for clues that probationers had been drinking, including talking with family members, looking for evidence of alcohol consumption, and requiring probationers to submit to a breathalyzer test.
“Our primary focus on this day was to make sure clients who had a ‘do not drink alcohol condition’ stayed in compliance and were not drinking and driving,” Supervising Probation Officer Jeremy Smith said.
The home visits were part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s "Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk" campaign, which encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.
These operations are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.