Police agencies and STOP DWI officials are stressing the importance of not drinking and driving on Super Bowl Sunday. Our Elyse Mickalonis has more on what’s being done to curb DWIs the weekend of the big game.
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- For many, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days for drinking beer and while fans will be out celebrating, police in Broome County will be cracking down on DWI.
"There’s nothing wrong with having a good time and enjoy the game and good company, but you don’t want that night to end in tragedy,” said Sgt. Daniel C. Guilfoyle, NYSP Troop C.
The effort is all part of the STOP-DWI Super Bowl Weekend Crackdown. New York State Police along with Broome County Sheriff’s Office and other municipal police agencies will have extra DWI enforcement patrols around the area, the goal is to enforce safe driving during the big game.
"We’ll be out conducting saturated patrols as well as sobriety checkpoints looking for impaired drive throughout the weekend,” said Chris Marion, Broome County STOP-DWI Program Coordinator.
Guilfoyle added, "Super Bowl parties are usually an all-day, most of the night event. Even if you’re only having one or two drinks an hour over several hours that adds up in your body."
Troopers say even if you’re not going to be partying, it’s important to pay attention to other drivers who may have had too much to drink.
"If you see a vehicle that's weaving in its lane or not maintaining its lane, erratic in speed, speeding up or slowing down, any kind of erratic operation, that person should contact 911,” said Guilfoyle.
Police will also be looking out for other kinds of distracted driving.
"Looking down at your cell phone, looking at the score of the game can cause you to swerve and most people have been there, they swerve and usually there's no vehicles next to them, but there can be the one time you swerve and it’s too late,” said Guilfoyle.
State police and STOP DWI officials are once again asking people to designate a driver or call a cab ahead of time so everyone can get home safe.