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Super Bowl Sunday: Agencies adding extra enforcement to combat drunk driving

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National and local law enforcement are hoping you celebrate the Super Bowl responsibily by not drinking and driving.

If you’re either hosting a Super Bowl party or attending one, get your game plan on and make sure it includes a designated driver.

Experts say, when it comes to drunk driving incidents, Super Bowl Sunday ranks right up there with New Year’s Eve, Saint Patrick’s Day and Halloween.

But in Stafford County, if you’re even thinking about drinking and driving Sunday, that would be a really bad call. The Sheriff’s office will have extra officers out patrolling the streets in force.

“We come out here and do saturation patrols, especially in areas of high traffic,” says Sgt. George Hernandez of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

It’s all part of a national campaign being waged by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration called “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”

The agency says 40 percent of the traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday in 2010 were caused by drunk drivers. Drivers in the area welcome the extra enforcement.

“I can understand that. Beer and football normally go hand in hand. I hate to say it,” says Akilah Ensley.

“I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of drunk drivers out there. If that’s what they need to do to keep things safe, I give it thumbs up,” says Omar Taliaferro.

“If people don’t drive drunk they have nothing to worry about,” says Gabriella Herzberg.

So be warned – there will be zero tolerance in Stafford County.

“What we’re trying to do is keep people safe, get them home safe. The Super Bowl is probably one of the biggest events of the year. We just want to keep people safe,” says Sgt. Hernandez.

There will likely be extra enforcement in other jurisdictions as well in our area, but not every agency is putting extra officers out.

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