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NJ Plans Drunk Driving Crackdown During Super Bowl Week

New Jersey officials discuss crackdown on drunk driving during Super Bowl week (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

New Jersey officials discuss crackdown on drunk driving during Super Bowl week (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

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Super Bowl XLVIII

HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – As hundreds of thousands of revelers head to the state for the Super Bowl, New Jersey law enforcement officials have launched a multi-agency effort to combat drunk driving.

Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said Monday that “The Sobriety Blitz” combines the efforts of state police and the divisions of Highway Traffic Safety and Alcoholic Beverage Control.

“This initiative has enforcement components we believe will help prevent drunk driving and stop those who have already made the dangerous choice of driving while impaired,” Hoffman said. “In other words, we will be playing offense and defense.”

Hoffman says arrest data shows Super Bowl Sunday rivals other major holidays for drunken driving arrests.

He said stepped-up patrols and enforcement are the most effective measures to help stop drunk driving before, during and after the Super Bowl, which will be played Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Twenty-one police departments in communities near the stadium will get $4,000 state grants to increase saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

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