Ohio Lawmen Increase DUI Patrols On Super Bowl ‘Holiday’


UPDATED: Sunday February 3, 2013 10:27 AM

Football fans will be partying, and police will be ready for them.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is keeping a close watch for anyone drinking and driving this Super Sunday.

Slick conditions on the roads on Super Bowl Sunday will be an added danger to an already heavily-travelled day on Central Ohio roads.

Troopers typically expect a busy day on the roads, and when conditions are poor, they can expect to respond to more accidents in addition to an increased number of OVI's.

Lt. D.J. Smith, with the OHP, said adding alcohol to already unfavorable road conditions makes for a deadly combination.
"And a lot of times, being February, you never know about the weather, as well. That's another factor. You know, you mix alcohol, with inclement road conditions and you sometimes get a bad result,” said Smith.

Troopers said they're aware alcohol is a centerpiece of many Super Bowl parties, and they want everyone to enjoy themselves on what's become almost a national holiday.

They said an accident or an arrest is not the way they want anyone's Super Bowl celebration to end, so have a plan. That could include designating a driver or storing the numbers for some local cab companies in your cell phone.

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