ALBANY (AP) - Law enforcement agencies across New York state plan to operate sobriety checkpoints through Super Bowl Sunday and the morning after.
The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee says the statewide crackdown on drunk driving began Thursday and will run until 5 a.m. Monday, the day after the Green Bay Packers play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Texas in Super Bowl XLV. Officials say state, county and local police are adding extra patrols and checkpoints during the period.
It's New York's first statewide anti-DWI crackdown of the year. Other extended enforcement periods scheduled for 2011 include St. Patrick's Day next month, Memorial Day weekend, Halloween and the Christmas-New Year's Eve week.
According to the National Highway Transportation Administration, 906 people died in alcohol-related crashes on Super Bowl Sunday between 2003 and 2009.