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Super Bowl DUI patrols added in Utah, especially in residential areas

Super Bowl DUI patrols added in Utah, especially in residential areas (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — More people are choosing to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday in homes rather than bars, Salt Lake area law enforcement and bartenders agreed. Which means more DUI enforcement may be taking place in residential areas and highways as opposed to the downtown bar areas.

"Maybe stay overnight, where you're at. It's better to stay overnight and be late for work than not be to work at all because you're in jail," encouraged Sgt. Nathan Croft with Utah Highway Patrol. "We've always got DUIs on Super Bowl Sunday. But I think people are generally aware, here in Utah, that they need to make these arrangements."

UHP added an additional 50 overtime troopers to patrol the Wasatch Front this Super Bowl weekend.

Longtime bartender, Zachary M. Hutchings, has worked at Poplar Street Pub for eight years and agrees football fans are generally trending towards house parties on Super Bowl Sunday.

"It just kind of seems it's turned into a house party thing. I've worked most of the Super Bowls here. It just seems like it might be a little safer, with people wanting to drink and just stay where they're at, not worrying about driving around," he said. "The last five years or so haven't been so crazy."

Hutchings noted there was a larger crowd at the rapidly expanding neighborhood pub than he had anticipated.

Poplar Street Pub patron Jessica Von Noy watched most of the playoffs from the local bar, but always planned ahead how she would get home.

"Uber, of course. I always use Uber!" Von Noy said before celebrating an Eagles’ touchdown.

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