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Super DUI patrols on Super Bowl weekend

Updated: March 2, 2013 11:35AM

Don’t ruin your Super Bowl Sunday by driving home drunk from a party, because police will be on the lookout.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced plans Wednesday to conduct special patrols this Super Bowl weekend to crack down on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators.

“We are reminding everyone that if you choose to drink and drive in Lake County this weekend, you will lose,” said Sheriff Mark Curran. “If you plan on drinking alcohol while cheering on your team, pass your keys to a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins. Follow the rules or the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will arrest you.”

The special patrols will consist of three additional deputies working from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday, capturing the time frame for when people may be leaving parties that started around the 5:30 p.m. kick-off. They will also be ticketing people who are not wearing their seat belts.

Curran said that always designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are just two of several simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest due to drunk driving. He also urged people to call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely. Otherwise, stay where you are.

He also encouraged people to report drunk drivers.

“We will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers,” said the sheriff.

Rita Kreslin, executive director of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, understands Super Bowl Sunday is a day where people everywhere will be cheering on their favorite Super Bowl team with a glass of spirits.

“Unfortunately on that same day, many sports fans will be leaving parties too impaired to drive and innocent people will be killed or maimed,” she said.

Super Bowl is a day equal to New Year’s Eve for over-indulging to celebrate and Super Bowl parties are a big tradition, but she said she wants people to be careful.

“Have a super time at your Super Bowl party, but think before you drink. If you’re drinking, who’s driving? Can you stay the night? Are you serving your guests responsibly? Is an afternoon of fun and cheers worth facing a lifetime of horrors?” said Kreslin. “Regardless of how the game turns out, by using a designated driver, you are the winner. Drive sober and live to celebrate the rest of your life.”

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