State police: Drive sober or call a car service on Super Bowl Sunday
As the Patriots and Eagles battle it out in Minnesota this Sunday, Connecticut State Police will be prepared to keep the roadways safe and hope residents will choose to do the same.
Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous days to be on the roads in Connecticut, troopers said.
“Parties and gatherings can make Super Bowl Sunday one of the year’s most dangerous days on the roads and highways of our state due to impaired driving-related accidents,” a news release said.
Since the Super Bowl tends to be an all-day celebration, state police said people should make sure they’re making smart choices by traveling the speed limit, signaling when turning or changing lanes, wearing seatbelts, staying off cell phones, being alert to other motorists and being prepared to stop or change lanes.
For those residents who decide to drink during the unofficial holiday, state police said designate a sober, non-drinking driver before the game starts.
“Remember, fans never let fans drive impaired,” state police said. And if everyone at the gathering is drinking, state police said call a taxi or some other car service.
During Super Bowl Sunday in 2017, troopers arrested 10 people for driving under the influence, issued 214 speeding tickets and 518 violations tickets — which included distracted driving, using a cell phone and following too close.
“Troopers will be attentive to all roads and highways across the state for the possibility of drivers operating impaired, before, during and after the game,” the agency said.
As for those fans who are the gambling type, state police said it’s important to remember that pools taken in the state are only legal as long as the money taken in the pool is given back to the winners of the pool.
“No percentage or cut can be taken by the person organizing the pool,” state police said.
And, the agency said, under no circumstances is a bar or establishment selling alcohol allowed to run any kind of betting pool.