One of the biggest sporting events in the world this weekend will lead to many parties to enjoy the excitement of the big game and law enforcement officials want motorists to travel safely to and from them. 

To help ensure driver safety this weekend, the New York State Police will be joining local law enforcement with additonal efforts to crack down on impaired drivers. These efforts include increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints before and after the big game to deter drunk driving.

The State Police advise that if you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant you should:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
  • Use your community’s sober ride program.
  • Never let friends drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
  • Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.

Most of the focus will be on Sunday, but some local agencies will be starting their increased patrols in time for tonight's pre-game parties.