Night Driving

Super Bowl Sunday can be one of the most exciting days for football fans, but it can be a dangerous game changer if you make the decision to drink and drive. Governor Cuomo today announced that New York State Police and local law enforcement in areas statewide will crack down on impaired driving during Super Bowl weekend. Drivers can expect beginning Saturday, February 6th until Monday, February 8th law enforcement to be out and looking at anyone who may be driving while impaired. Increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints will be in place to deter impaired driving.

Governor Cuomo stated “State Police will be out in force to help ensure New Yorkers have a safe Super Bowl weekend.” “There is zero tolerance for impaired and reckless driving, and I encourage all drivers to celebrate responsibly and exercise caution when getting behind the wheel.”

The STOP DWI campaign will be promoted on various message boards on all highways across the state. The enforcement initiative is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

If you are heading out for the big game, have a plan and designate a responsible driver ahead of time. If you plan on hosting the big game, here are a few ideas from the STOP DWI campaign to make sure your guests get home safe.

  • Ask your guests to designate a sober driver ahead of time, or help them arrange a ride with a sober driver. If you don’t drink, offer to drive guests home.
  • Serve plenty of food and offer non-alcoholic drinks at the party.
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter, this can be a good time to offer coffee and desserts.
  • Sign up online for a ride sharing service or keep phone numbers of local cab companies.
  • Have all your guests give you their keys for safe keeping
  • Remember, if you serve a guest alcohol and they get into an accident that night, you could be held liable.
  • Don’t let anyone underage drink whether they are driving or not.

Remember drinking and driving is a decision that can change your life and the lives of others forever. Impaired driving can be prevented. An impaired driving conviction carries a maximum fine of $10,000, up to seven years in prison and license revocation. Make sure you have a plan in place.

For more on New York’s STOP DWI Campaign, click here.

The exclusive purpose of this article is educational and it is not intended as either legal advice or a general solution to any specific legal problem.