State police prepare for 'Trooper Bowl' Sunday to safeguard against impaired drivers

"The Super Bowl is a drinking holiday", said Fairfield police Sgt. Matt Bloesch.

"Durham Regional Police would like to advise all motorists that drinking and driving will not be tolerated on our streets". This year, we want zero.

"When people watch the Patriots, you are either cheering for them or cheering when they lose", said Owner Willy O'Sullivan.

It's time for the big game, but State Trooper Dan Chermok says it's also a big weekend for Colorado State Patrol.

Anyone out this weekend is encouraged to find a safe ride by calling a sober driver or using a cab, Uber, Lyft or any other such service.

"If there weren't an air ambulance available to me on that terrible day in 2001, I wouldn't be here today as proof of what can happen when people mix drinking with driving", said Powell, who is now a longtime MADD supporter. It is never worth the risk. It also contributes to an increase in DUI-related crashes and deaths over the last 15 years, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.

It will include 100 law enforcement agencies across the state. If you do bring your vehicle, don't hand over your keys to someone who claims to be "less drunk" than you are. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication - whether prescription or over-the-counter - drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

Another option for obtaining a safe ride home is available through the SaferRide app. Individuals can download the free SaferRide app on Android and Apple devices from the Google Play or iTunes stores.

"Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday; you might just save a life", Manzella wrote in the NBPD message.

  • Wendy Palmer