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HACKENSACK, NJ (CBSNewYork) - The last time the New York Giants played in the Super Bowl, in 2008, New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa says state troopers arrested 176 people for drunk driving that Sunday.

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“The second most ever on a Super Bowl Sunday,” he said Thursday.

And he says there was one alcohol-related traffic death that day.

So, he is urging folks not to drink and drive Sunday.

“It’s not a risk worth taking,” he said.

“Had a patient, and he was 11-years-old,” said Hackensack University Medical Center chief trauma surgeon Dr. John Locurto. He said the child died in his arms, killed when his family’s car was hit on the Hackensack Bridge by a drunk driver.

“The gentleman had on his sweatshirt ‘Help me. I’ve fallen and I can’t my beer,” said Locurto.

The were five alcohol-related traffic deaths when the Giants lost in 2001, but none for the past four games.

“We want to continue that record,” said Chiesa.

“Be the life of the party and be a designated driver,” said state police Col. Rick Fuentes.

Fuentes say they’ll have 100 extra patrols out this weekend.

He advises party hosts to make sure their guests don’t drive drunk, for the hosts could be liable as well if there is a crash.