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Law enforcement plans maximum anti-DUI effort during and after Super Bowl

If you’re drinking and driving on Super Bowl Sunday, be aware: law enforcement agencies will be out on the roads statewide looking for you.

Roving DUI patrols across Sacramento County and the region will be out during and after the big game looking for motorists showing signs of impairment.

In Stockton, the San Joaquin DUI Task Force will have four roving patrols, while the El Dorado County task force will have 10 patrols, officials said.

The California Highway Patrol is urging motorists to call 911 if they see someone they suspect of drunken driving, and ask that callers be prepared to provide a vehicle description, location, travel direction and license plate information.

CHP records indicate 225 collisions on Super Bowl Sunday in 2012 involved alcohol and that eight people died and 79 were injured in those crashes. That same year, the latest for which collision figures are available, 422 people were arrested by the CHP for DUI.

“Drunk driving is an act that is completely preventable,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement.

Call The Bee’s Sam Stanton, (916) 321-1091.