Colorado agencies: Don't drive blitzed on Super Bowl weekend

"This Super Bowl weekend, I urge all New Yorkers to keep their celebrations off the road and make responsible choices to avoid needless tragedies", Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Illinois State Police, ISP, District 22 early this week rolled out enforcement plans for the 51st Super Bowl weekend.

Law enforcement agencies arrested 325 drivers during last year's Super Bowl enforcement, according to CDOT.

Add up the fines, penalties, legal fees, restitution and increased insurance costs, and even a first offense, misdemeanor DUI conviction can easily surpass $10,000.

The state Office of Traffic Safety has a Designated Driver VIP, or "DDVIP", free mobile app for Android or iPhone. If you drink and drive, you won't get hit with a yellow flag; you'll get pulled over, arrested, and prosecuted.

With the rise of ridesharing services (like Uber of Lyft) and the prevalence of taxi's within the city, SMPD and bar owners said there are easy and safe options for fans to get home after the game.

· Stop serving alcohol after the third quarter (or half time).

·Remember, if you serve a guest alcohol and he or she gets in a crash, you could be held liable.

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No matter who you're rooting for or who wins, police said it's no reason to drink and drive.

Serve a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.

· Offer safe rides to those who may not have prepared a sober ride home.

Always buckle your seat belt and don't start the vehicle until all passengers' seat belts are buckled.

Whether you're quarterbacking your team's Super Bowl party or just on the receiving end of an invitation, you need a winning strategy for the big game: a shutdown defense against drunk driving.

This is the second such enforcement of the year.

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.

  • Rita Burton