The Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS) has released a report stating that 465,000 DUI offenders monitored continually for drinking violations were caught during Super Bowl Sunday – about a 15% increase in such incidents for a single Sunday nationwide.
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Incidentally, the data shows that most of those caught for the drinking offence already knew they were being monitored and that there would be official consequences for their actions.
"Alcohol and the big game go hand-in-hand, and when there's drinking some people make bad decisions, especially about driving," said Lou Sugo, AMS vice president. "The individuals we monitor are being tested every 30 minutes, and they know they're going to be caught. You can imagine the rate of drinking for those who aren't being monitored."
Another angle to the report is the discovery that drinking violations in states and regions that had a team playing in the Super Bowl quadrupled across the country.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that 43% of auto accidents that occurred on Super Bowl Sunday in 2012 was caused by drunk driving, as against the average 31% occurring the throughout the year. To this extent, the Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign of the NHTSA Fans stipulates that people ensure they won’t be behind the wheel after drinking during the Super Bowl.
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AMS was established in 1997 to provide alcohol testing technologies for the criminal justice sector, and it launched the Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM) technology in 2003. Based in Littleton, Colorado, it also launched the SCRAM Remote Breath®, SCRAM GPS®, and SCRAM House Arrest® in 2013.