MASSENA - Major Richard C. Smith Jr., Troop B commander, wants to remind motorists that the New York State Police in Troop B will join other law enforcement agencies across the north country in a special effort to crackdown on impaired and distracted driving during Super Bowl Weekend.
Plan to have a sober driver, or dont drink and drive if you venture out to watch the game, advises Major Smith, and as always, practice safe driving by not using your cell phone while you are operating a vehicle.
The statewide STOP-DWI and Texting-While-Driving Crackdown efforts will start on Friday and will run through Monday. This effort builds on the Governors State of the State initiatives to stop repeat drunk drivers and prevent youth texting-while-driving in order to make New Yorks roads safer.
Superintendent Joseph A. DAmico said, During this campaign period drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, dedicated DWI enforcement patrols, underage drinking and sales-to-minors details across New York state.
Our Troopers will also be working to keep motorists and pedestrians safe on New Yorks roadways by identifying drivers who are illegally using hand held devices while driving. It is important to partner with our local law enforcement partners to save lives and keep drunk drivers off of our roads, he added.
If youre attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends football fans do the following:
■ Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
■ If you dont have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.
■ Use your communitys sober ride program.
■ Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.
■ Seat belts are the best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.
If youre hosting a Super Bowl party:
■ Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
■ Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
■ Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
■ Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.