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Expect DWI crackdown Super Bowl weekend

MALONE — Franklin County District Attorney Craig Carriero announced Monday that the county’s law enforcement — State Police, county sheriff’s office and village police departments — will participate in a special Super Bowl enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The Super Bowl is typically America’s most watched national sporting event, and Super Bowl weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown efforts last from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. and the aforementioned agencies will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.

“In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers,” county STOP-DWI Director Craig Collette said. “Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 67% (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of 0.15(%), almost twice the legal limit. We want to be sure people have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver is. We want to encourage folks to turn over their keys to a sober driver — our vote for game MVP — before they begin drinking.”

“Impaired driving is completely preventable,” Carriero said in a press release. “All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. So root for your favorite team, enjoy your friends and family, and remember, ‘DON’T DRIVE; GET A RIDE!'”

The Super Bowl Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the state STOP-DWI Association, with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation, courtesy of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national holiday season in December.

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