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NYSP cracking down on DWI, texting Super Bowl weekend

— Major Richard C. Smith Jr., Troop B Commander wants to remind motorists that the New York State Police in Troop B will join other law enforcement agencies across the Troop in a special effort to crackdown on impaired and distracted driving during Super Bowl Weekend.

“Plan to have a sober driver, or don’t drink and drive if you venture out to watch the game,” advises Major Smith, “and as always, practice safe driving by not using your cell phone while you are operating a vehicle.”

The statewide STOP-DWI and Texting-While-Driving Crackdown efforts will start on Jan. 31 and will run through Feb. 3. This effort builds on the Governor’s State of the State initiatives to stop repeat drunk drivers and prevent youth texting-while-driving in order to make New York’s roads safer.

“During this campaign period drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, dedicated DWI enforcement patrols, underage drinking and sales-to-minors details across New York State,” Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “Our Troopers will also be working to keep motorists and pedestrians safe on New York’s roadways by identifying drivers who are illegally using hand held devices while driving. It is important to partner with our local law enforcement partners to save lives and keep drunk drivers off of our roads.”

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends football fans do the following:

•Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.

•If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.

•Use your community’s sober ride program.

•Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.

•Seat belts are the best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

•Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.

•Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.

•Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.

•Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.

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