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Dunk Driving Crackdown for Super Bowl

Watching the Super Bowl is usually accompanied by good food and drink. But after the big game, people traveling home from a party or bar could face dangerous drivers on the road.
Watching the Super Bowl is usually accompanied by good food and drink. But after the big game, people traveling home from a party or bar could face dangerous drivers on the road. Every Super Bowl weekend, state and local police prepare for it. This year in no exception and making the wrong choice could put a stop to the fun pretty quick.
Even before the Super Bowl madness begins, an increased amount of officers will be on the road serving as a reminder to those on their way to celebrations, to play it safe.
"And then of course we're going to have the patrols that are out after the Super Bowl that are going to be monitoring, looking for any kind of violations they might see," said Sgt. Richard Misterka.
Prepare for hidden check points, and officers keeping a closer eye on traffic Sunday.
"Weaving, passing a stop sign, speeding, using cell phones or electrical devices," he said are all tell-tale signs that the person behind the wheel, watched the game, drank alcohol, and then took to the road.
"My plan is having all my family at my house and certainly watch what they drink and just have a good time and be careful," said Sandy Harjung of Clinton.
Sgt. Misterka says everyone knows drinking and driving don't mix but officers still hear the same excuses...
"Sometimes people say, 'I've had a couple' but sometimes that couple consists of a very, very large glass," he said.
He says DUIs are not to be taken lightly--you'll take a ride in a patrol car and when all things are said and done you could be paying up to ten-thousand-dollars. But it's not the high cost that should be the real deterrent.
"The big thing is that people can lose their life because of the intoxicated or drug-influenced driver," said Sgt. Misterka.
Some people picking up goodies for the game today told Eyewitness News the easy ways to prevent this.
"They could not drink or call for a taxi service," said Melissa Copperwheat of New York Mills.
"I'm going to be staying home with my high definition TV," said Jerel Roberton.
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