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Troopers plan more DWI enforcement for Super Bowl

BAXTER — Troopers in the Brainerd lakes area are planning extra driving while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement during Super Bowl weekend to watch for irresponsible partiers.

Several Minnesota traffic safety officials are concerned about the safety of motorists during Super Bowl weekend, especially Sunday.

During the last five Super Bowl weekends (2009–2013), 995 motorists were arrested for DWI according to Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

“In addition to the State Patrol, you can expect numerous law enforcement agencies statewide to have extra DWI patrols out on the roads,” said State Patrol Lieutenant Joe Dwyer. “Our agencies will be searching for impaired drivers during Super Bowl weekend, so plan ahead for that safe ride home.”

Due to the amount of traffic from Super Bowl parties and the added element of alcohol, the state patrol is treating the Super Bowl like other big events and holidays when it comes to educating the public about planning ahead for a sober ride.

“There are many other options out there and all of them are better than driving impaired, Dwyer said. “We are going to continue working very hard to help make drunk driving socially unacceptable in Minnesota.”

All motorists are urged to slow down, buckle up, drive sober, pay attention, drive to the existing conditions and report impaired drivers.

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