DUII patrols increased for Super Bowl Sunday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Local law enforcement officers focused on drunk drivers this Sunday as sports fans head home from game day parties. 

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies said it's an all hands on deck for DUII enforcement. 

Sunday morning, deputies cited their first DUII offender after a crash near Cornelius. Deputies said the driver crashed into a median on 20th just south of Adair. 

Deputy James Abeles is called Washington County's top DUII enforcer. The title comes from his numerous traffic stops over the years.

"Super Bowl Sunday -- it's a big day for drinking," Abeles said. "It's a long game, there are a lot of parties, there is a lot going on and a lot of people get caught up in it."

He said deputies will be working overtime to stop those who are driving impaired. 

Portland police reported 56 arrests for alcohol impaired driving and 6 more or drug impaired driving on Super Bowl Sunday in 2016. That day alone accounted for more than 25% of the total DUIIs in February 2016. 

On Sunday, for Portland Police, it was about numbers.

"(We're) trying to saturate the city with as many cops that are trained on impaired driving as possible," said officer Chase Fullington.

Portland police have cited a California study showing that impaired crashes jump 77% the day of the Big Game.

Social host law 

If you are the host of the party, an Oregon law, says you could be held liable if your guests get in a crash while driving impaired. 

If you serve alcohol at a party and a guest is noticeably impaired, you're open to liability if they get behind the wheel. Depending on the severity of a crash, you could face civil fines or possibly even criminal punishment.

Washington also has a social host law but host's can only be held liable if the alcohol was served to a person younger than the legal drinking age. If the person responsible for a drunk driving crash was 21 or older, the host cannot be held liable for their actions.


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