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DUI Step Up For Super Bowl

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Super Bowl celebrations started early and ended late Sunday. That kept Law Enforcement busy patrolling for drunk drivers.  Anyone who decided to drink and drive had police out waiting to catch them.

Minnesota has had a great Super Bowl record, no we are not talking about the Vikings. The past four years Minnesota has had no drunk driving deaths.  

Moorhead Police Officer Lopez was on patrol Sunday night watching. He and other law enforcement are cracking down on drunk drivers, because they are dangers to themselves and others on the road.

"The reaction time of a drunk person is a lot slower," Officer Lopez says. Meaning even if you're sober you could still be a victim of an accident with a drunk driver. Lopez continues, "It will take them longer than normal to hit their breaks and they might rear end you."

In Minnesota almost 30,000 people are arrested for DWI's every year, that's about 2,500 a month. And on Super Bowl Sunday, Officers say it's likely that more people will be drinking. To crack down, you'll have found more squad cars out on patrol. And if you are over the limit you'll be under arrest.

"And I have told people who are under the limit, who are falling all over themselves, they don't get a DWI but we get them a sober driver." says Lopez.

Law Enforcement say they if you suspect someone is driving under the influence to call it in, and if you have time to follow do so, so police have time to catch up to the car to pull it over. They also say to protect yourself, buckle up because it saves lives.

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