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Extra patrols looking to sack drunk drivers this Super Bowl Sunday

 Football fans planning to drink on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2) are reminded to plan ahead for a sober ride home or call a last-second audible before getting behind the wheel.

Becker County will be stepping up DWI enforcement patrols to sack drunk drivers as Minnesota tries to make it six years running without a drunk driving death on Super Bowl Sunday.

Minnesota Super Bowl Sunday Facts, 2009–2013 (last five years):

  • Six traffic deaths—none were alcohol-related.
  • 995 motorists arrested for DWI.

“Planning for a sober ride and making it a habit goes a long way toward stopping preventable traffic deaths,” said Becker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Sgt. Todd Glander.

“In order to keep this Super Bowl streak going for a sixth consecutive year, we need everyone to plan for a sober ride home.”

Keys to safe Super Bowl Sunday:

  • Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab or public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Let family and friends know you are available to offer a safe ride home.
  • Buckle up — the best defenses against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

Each year, about 28,000 people are arrested for DWI and one in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record.

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.

Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver’s license.

Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

DWI enforcement and education is a component of the state’s core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths.

A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior.

TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.