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Police Defending Against DWI on Super Bowl Sunday

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Although White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong considers big blue fans "some of the best fans in the country," he said the department has extra patrols lined up for Super Bowl Sunday.

"We expect it to be a happy occasion. We expect Giants fans to behave themselves and celebrate well," Chong said. "We will have extra police patrols out there just in case.”

Local officers have been in touch with bars and restaurants to remind them that overcrowding or rowdiness will not be tolerated, according to Chong.

The New York State Police and Westchester County Police are also stepping up patrols on state and county roads because of the number of drunk drivers they usually encounter after the Super Bowl. The fact that it's the Giants against rival New England Patriots only adds to the intensity surrounding the game in the metropolitan area.

“There will be some increased attention to DWI on Sunday night,” said Westchester County Police spokesperson Kieran O’Leary. “Our officers are always vigilant in enforcing DWI laws and Super Bowl Sunday will be no exception.”

O’Leary urged those who plan on drinking during Super Bowl XLVI to do anything but drive after the game.

“Whether you are celebrating on Sunday night or drowning your sorrows, make sure to take a cab or have a designated driver if you have been drinking,” O’Leary said.

New York State has the same sensibilities and will be patrolling its roads with increased vigor.

“We’re going to have increased patrols and are going to have increased vigilance to look for people drinking and driving after the Super Bowl,” said State Police Sgt. Michael Turino.

Turino said that the number of people who drive while intoxicated on Super Bowl Sunday is not a “huge” increase on the normal amount, “but they generally are higher.”

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