Turns out, the Pittsburgh Steelers weren’t the only losers on Super Bowl Sunday.
Delaware authorities say 21 drivers did not heed the warning to use designated drivers the day of the big game, and were charged with driving under the influence.
As advertised, state and local police officers conducted sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the state.
In addition to DUI, officers made two underage drinking arrests, 11 drug arrests and 10 felony drug arrests. Also, 11 wanted persons were apprehended, 14 seat belt citations were issued, one child restraint citation was issued and 257 arrests for other traffic offenses were made.
Penalties for a first time DUI conviction include loss of your license, possible jail time from 60 days to 6 months, $500 to $1,500 in fines, and mandatory participation in an alcohol education and/or treatment program. The approximate cost for a first time DUI, including court, DMV, treatment and legal fees is $3,400. Subsequent DUI convictions include mandatory jail time and higher fines.
In addition to enforcement efforts authorities also aired radio announcements on stations statewide to encourage the use of designated drivers.