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Law enforcement stepping up DWI efforts around the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl may not technically be a holiday in the United States, but it definitely gets treated like one. That means a lot of partying and drinking the weekend of the game, before the New England Patriots defend their title against the Philadelphia Eagles, and law enforcement agencies are stepping up their efforts to search out drunk drivers.

One Texas police chief noted that they're going to actively send out patrols to look for impaired drivers who are leaving bars, restaurants and Super Bowl parties.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has actually started a campaign to encourage those who host Super Bowl parties to stop friends from leaving if they're too drunk to drive. It's called "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk." They advise things like getting people rides home with sober drivers and taking their keys if needed.

AAA Texas has also gotten into it, even saying that hosts should just let impaired guests sleep on the couch after the game and leave the next morning. They also point out that ride-sharing companies or taxi cabs may provide a safe way home. Hosts may even want to plan with some of their guests to determine who will be designated drivers in advance.

As you watch the game, remember that law enforcement is well aware of what the Super Bowl means for impaired driving. Patrols will be watching for even minor issues that could indicate that a driver is drunk. If you get pulled over and arrested after the game, it's critical to know all of the legal options you have.

Source: Cleburne Times Review, "CPD watching for drunk drivers during Sunday’s big game," Jessica Pounds, Jan. 31, 2018

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