The extra officers will be on the lookout for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs that impair driving and marijuana. During the 52nd Super Bowl weekend in 2018, troopers made about 60 DUI arrests and issued more than 2,300 citations statewide, including approximately 760 speed, 320 seat belt, and 160 alcohol-related citations.
State Police say its mission is to prevent crime, maintain order, and ease traffic congestion, as well to gather and disseminate intelligence relevant to the event.
"Unlike the Super Bowl, there are no winners when someone makes the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired", Acting State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said.
"Before the game, designate a driver or make other arrangements for a safe, sober ride home", said Cynthia Watters, IDOT's bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering. If you're celebrating, do your part and celebrate responsibly. "Should you come across an impaired driver, it may just save your life".
Sometimes designated drivers slip, so police point out that, if no one in your group is sober, find another way home.
An impaired driving conviction carries a maximum fine of $10,000, up to seven years in prison and license revocation.
Local pizzerias including Domino's Pizza, Little Italy Pizzeria, Pudgie's Pizza, and Spiedini's Pizza Parlor are participating in Cortland County's Stop DWI campaign on Super Bowl Sunday. "In order to allow everyone to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, fans should be putting safety first".