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Police Warn Motorists Against DWIs On Super Bowl Sunday

A man undergoes a sobriety test at a drunk driving checkpoint - File / Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A man undergoes a sobriety test at a drunk driving checkpoint – File / Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – If you plan to drink on Super Bowl Sunday, make sure you have a way to get home safely. Cops will be out in force looking for drunk drivers.

The Suffolk County Police Department will have its Elite Safety Team out on the roads Sunday. Officers assigned to that unit only have one job — to arrest anyone who is drunk while behind the wheel.

“Our suggestion is plan ahead, plan a ride home, plan or stop drinking earlier in the evening,” said Lt. Danial Meyer.

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Meyer says in 30 years on the job, he’s seen some horrific accidents caused by someone who had one too many.

“I have heard ‘I only had two beers’ a million times,” he said. “Then when we bring them in, they blow double the limit, triple the limit,” said Meyer.

“Especially on occasions like this where we’re going to be confined for three or four hours, eating and drinking, you really just have to plan ahead,” he added.

New Jersey state police will also be on the offensive for Super Bowl Sunday.

Troopers will be out in force on major highways, including the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. The saturated patrols will target drunken drivers, speeders, texters and those who aren’t wearing seat belts.

State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa says that in 2008, the last time Big Blue played in the Super Bowl, there were 176 drunken driving arrests. That’s the second highest total ever recorded in New Jersey on a Super Bowl Sunday.

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