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Pelham Manor PD Adds Patrols on Super Bowl Sunday

PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. – The Super Bowl may be a lot of things, but one thing it's not in Pelham Manor - a reason to get behind the wheel after drinking alcoholic beverages while watching the big game.

That was the message the Pelham Manor Police Department wanted to get across after announcing it will be flagging those who drive drunk in a planned police blitz.

“We’re gonna have an increased presence,” said Lt. David Donahue of the Pelham Manor Police Department. “We do that for all these sort of major events like New Year's, the Super Bowl, so we’ll have extra cars out.”

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 the hated 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 spokesman 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,” he 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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