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Local bartender promotes safe drinking during Super Bowl

Posted at 6:41 PM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 21:51:23-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It's a busy day for bars and restaurants in Las Vegas as football fans watch the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 53.

Law enforcement agencies are out in full force aiming to get drunk drivers off the road.

A local bartender told 13 Action News, Sunday might be a day to enjoy some booze but on his watch it's all about safe drinking.

Jedidiah Spruill works at Legends Sports Bar and Grill, he’s ready to pull back drinks from those who've had a few too many.

"It's always a battle because those people are always going to insist they're fine," said Spruill.

Spruill serves customers whatever they ask for but keeps track on how much they consume without coming off as a babysitter.

"I kind of stall them a bit, I give them a water instead. If there’s one thing I try to do is pace people," said Spruill.

He makes sure people leave the bar as a passenger.

"[Our] job isn't to get people drunk but it's to make sure people have a good time and that they’re safe," said Spruill.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police is working with Northwest and Spring Valley commands to conduct sobriety check point.

The check point will be held on northwest side of the valley, it begins Sunday at 5 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m. Monday morning.

The DUI Strike Team is also out on full force.

"Their focus is to handle impaired driving versus handling calls of service, being pulled off to do other things. Their primary focus is dui driving.”

Henderson Police officers are also going after distracted drivers in a three-week campaign.

If drivers are seen using a cellphone, eating, or changing the radio station they’ll be given a ticket.

Besides taxi, Uber, and Lyft services, AAA is offering a free ride home during the Super Bowl if its within 10 miles.

Those in need of a ride can call (800) 222-4357 and ask for a Tipsy Tow.

Anyone traveling beyond 10 miles will be charged the standard towing rate.