As we get closer to Super Bowl Sunday 2018, our friends at the Maryland State Police (MSP) want to inform us that troopers will be out in force helping keep the roads safe from drunken drivers. No matter which team you want to see win, or which commercials you’re eager to watch, when it’s time for the Super Bowl – everyone is a fan. MSP wants to remind us that the best defense is a Designated Driver.
Have a game plan for Sunday night so everyone knows who the designated driver is. Drunk driving can result in serious crashes, injuries or death. If you don’t have a designated driver to make sure friends get home safely, use a taxi or other ride-share options.
If you see someone who appears to be driving impaired, call 9-1-1. Additional troopers from the North East barrack will be on DUI enforcement patrols in Cecil County throughout the Super Bowl weekend.
This upcoming Super Bowl weekend, be a team player. Keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, designate a sober driver before the game.
Maryland State Police will be focusing on statewide impaired driving enforcement efforts during the weekend and want to remind motorists to drive sober or get pulled over.
Enforcement this weekend will be bolstered by impaired driving saturation patrol funds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office. The Highway Safety Office has planned an initiative to enforce impaired driving violations. This US 40 corridor initiative will be supported by the Cumberland, Hagerstown, Frederick, Waterloo, Golden Ring, Bel Air and North East barracks along with other allied agencies that patrol the corridor.
This initiative is focused specifically on impaired driving violations on the roadways throughout the state.
The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort Team, otherwise known as the SPIDRE team, will be out in full force this weekend. Since its inception in May 2013, the SPIDRE team has made 2,539 DUI arrests, 120 criminal arrests and 7,771 traffic stops while also issuing 17,223 citations and 3,734 warnings. The goal of the SPIDRE team is to focus on reducing alcohol related crashes in Maryland by targeting areas across the state with high crash rates involving impaired drivers.
On average, there are 7,884 impaired driving crashes statewide annually, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation. Make sure using a designated driver is the number one play in your playbook and have a sober driver chosen before going out for the night.
Kickoff time for Super Bowl 52 is at 6:30 p.m. EST, on Sunday, February 4 when the AFC champion New England Patriots go up against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake will be performing this year’s half-time show and was quoted by Sporting News as saying, “We’re doing things that they’ve never quite done before.”