HANFORD — Deputies arrested two people and stopped 26 vehicles on Super Bowl Sunday as part of a crackdown on drunken drivers.

Law enforcement vowed to put more officers out on patrol this past weekend to curb the number of DUI-related crashes commonly associated with the event.

About 25 percent of all collisions on Super Bowl Sunday in 2010 were alcohol related, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The Kings County Sheriff’s Office sent roving patrols out into the unincorporated areas on Sunday to look for intoxicated drivers. They ended up conducting five field sobriety tests and citing six people for various charges.

The Avoid the 18 Kings and Tulare DUI Task Force also had extra units out in force through the weekend. While tallies for Hanford were not available Wednesday, officers in Visalia stopped 59 vehicles and arrested three people. A checkpoint on Friday night checked more than 300 vehicles.

Funding for these programs was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2425 or by email at jjohnson@HanfordSentinel.com.

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