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The Super Bowl usually means cruising to a friend's house or sports bar, loading up on chili and chicken wings, and consuming one or two adult beverages over the course of the game. This leaves you with the prospect of driving home, which is a bad idea after a few cold ones, especially when cops are cracking down on Super Bowl weekend DUIs.
Police from New York to California have announced enhanced drunk driving enforcement programs to coincide with the game this Sunday. So make sure you're extra careful and don't drive drunk before, during, or after the Super Bowl.
The Empire State
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide crackdown on impaired and reckless driving during the Super Bowl weekend.
"The Super Bowl is one of the most popular events of the year, and we encourage New Yorkers to enjoy it responsibly," Governor Cuomo said. "If you will be drinking, don't get behind the wheel. New York has zero tolerance for impaired driving, and State Police will be out in force this weekend to ensure everyone has a safe ride home."
The Golden State
West coast cops will be cracking down on DUIs as well. The California Office of Traffic Safety is teaming up with local law enforcement state-wide on a Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign. The Californian was quick to point out that local police, sheriff's officers, and the California Highway Patrol "will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver" as part of their Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts.
So if you're going to enjoy the game and enjoy some beers or cocktails as well, make arrangements for a sober driver -- cab, rideshare, or designated driver -- to get you home safe. And if you've been charged with a DUI, contact an attorney immediately.