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Local Officials Warn Of ‘Show Of Force’ Against Drunk Drivers On Super Bowl Sunday

Car keys and an alcoholic drink (credit: clipart.com)

Car keys and an alcoholic drink (credit: clipart.com)

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SOMERVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Local law enforcement in New Jersey have put out the warning – don’t even think about drinking and driving on this Super Bowl Sunday.

In Somerset County, officials said police will be flexing their law enforcement muscle and there will be a ‘show of force’ to crack down on drunk drivers.

“You will likely go to jail if you seriously hurt somebody or, worse yet, kill somebody,” Somerset County prosecutor Jeff Soriano told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith. “Designate a driver or consider using a taxi cab or a car service.”

Officials said the penalties, even for first time offenders, are meant to be a deterrent.

“Approaching the $10,000 range, plus the fact that you’re going to be walking,” Soriano said.

Somerset officials also cautioned that Super Bowl party hosts could be held liable if a drunk guest injures on kills someone on the road.

“Make it a point, just like our stadiums do, stop serving alcohol at a certain point in the game,” added Soriano. “Even a single incidence of poor judgment can eliminate a lifetime of opportunity.”

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