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February 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Keep Sunday Super: Don't drink and drive

Whether you’re a Giants fan or a Patriots fan, there’s one thing we can all agree on: No one wants to end Super Bowl Sunday in the slammer.

Law enforcement agencies in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will be out in force on Sunday, looking for Super Bowl partiers who may have imbibed too much during the big game. Partiers are urged to have a designated driver or take a bus or cab to and from Super Bowl parties.

Half of all traffic deaths in Washington state on the Super Bowl evening have involved an impaired driver, according to Public Health — Seattle & King County. Since 2009, 191 people have been arrested for drunken driving on Super Bowl Sunday in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, the health agency says.

“We want to get the word out so people can make safe choices this Sunday,” said John Cheesman, chief of the Fircrest Police Department and chairman of the Tacoma/Pierce County DUI & Traffic Safety Task Force. “Watching the Super Bowl and all the commercials is a lot of fun, but when the game is over, fans who have been drinking need to make sure they don’t get behind the wheel.”

For more information on law enforcement agencies that will be participating in Super Bowl Sunday DUI patrols, click here.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: DUI, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Super Bowl

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