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Suffolk Sheriff's Office to increase patrols over Super Bowl weekend

Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. is announcing increased DWI patrols leading up to Super Bowl Sunday on February 12, one of the highest-risk holidays of the year for alcohol related accidents. Deputy Sheriffs will be on high alert for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs in order to keep Suffolk County roads safe.

“I want to remind residents that Deputy Sheriffs are always on the lookout for people driving under the influence, but it will be especially true this weekend. If you plan on going out for the big game, first plan on how you will be getting home. We have zero tolerance for drunk and drugged drivers. If you drink and drive you are putting your life and those around you at risk — have a designated driver, call an Uber, or stay off the roads altogether,” said Sheriff Toulon.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. According to statistics, drunk driving incidents increase by approximately 22% on game day. In fact, according to AAA, more alcohol-related accidents and DUI-related injuries occur on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year, aside from New Year's Eve.

Here are some Super Bowl safety tips courtesy of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office:

  • If you are hosting a party, designate a sober driver or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure your guests get home safely.

  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your vehicle keys.

  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter and instead provide coffee and dessert.

  • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a taxi or rideshare service, or just stay for the night.

  • Take the keys of a friend if you think they are about to drive while impaired.

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