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DUI arrests during Super Bowl weekend increase from last year

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A total of 160 motorists were jailed on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in San Diego County over the Super Bowl weekend, an increase of 18.5 percent over the comparable two-day period in 2010, authorities said Monday.

During the weekend of last year's Super Bowl, there were 135 local DUI arrests, and one person died in an accident involving a suspected drunken driver, according to sheriff's officials. Four of this year's arrests stemmed from injury accidents, but none resulted in a fatality.

The county's Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force supplemented law enforcement throughout the region, staffing a sobriety checkpoint on Olivenhain Road in

Encinitas on Saturday night and deploying special patrols in more than 20 communities on Sunday.

Authorities sought to discourage Super Bowl-related drunken driving this year through a national public education campaign titled "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk," a joint project of the National Football League, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the HERO Campaign and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management Coalition.

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