Statewide Stop DWI effort set for Super Bowl Sunday

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

State and local law enforcement agencies will be out in force on Super Bowl Sunday, using sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to deter drunk driving.

This is the first statewide STOP-DWI crackdown for 2013.

Motorists are reminded that driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher will put them over the limit—if they don't drive sober, they will get pulled over. Law enforcement agencies will also be cracking down on drivers who are impaired by drugs, both illegal and prescription.

Leandra's Law sets some of the toughest DWI provisions in the country. Drivers convicted must install and maintain an ignition interlock on any vehicle owned or operated by the driver for a minimum period of six months.

First time offenders driving while intoxicated or impaired by drugs with a child less than 16 years old in the vehicle may be charged with a class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.