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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 02/ 5/2011

Va. police target Super Bowl drunk drivers

By Tom Jackman
Tom Jackman

So it's Super Bowl Sunday. You're a Steelers fan and pounding the Iron City Beer. Or you're a Packer backer, quaffing some Milwaukee's Best Light. And then the game ends, and it's time to go home.

In Virginia, the state police will be waiting for you.

Virginia State Police said Friday they are launching "saturation patrols" on the Commonwealth's highways beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday and lasting until 4 a.m. Monday, or from roughly the second quarter until the last nacho has congealed. Increased numbers of troopers will patrol looking specifically for drunk and aggressive drivers, the police said.

"We want people to enjoy themselves," Sergeant Eric J. Penree of the state police said in a news release, "but not at the expense of hurting or killing others by getting behind the wheel and driving drunk."
In Virginia, 316 people died in 2009 in alcohol-related crashes, and another 6,256 were injured, state police said. They advised Super Bowl party hosts to have their guests designate sober drivers in advance, keep phone numbers of cab companies handy and take the keys from anyone who is thinking of driving after one too many Iron Cities.
"If you expect to attend or host a party," Penree said, "plan ahead and make safe, responsible choices when it comes to alcohol consumption."

By Tom Jackman  | February 5, 2011; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Tom Jackman, Traffic Accidents, Virginia  
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Comments

Drinking and driving is an incredibly serious issue. Thank you for your blog, Tom.

Unfortunately, there are alcohol industry frong groups like Center for Consumer Freedom that fight against MADD and other anti-drunk driving organizations. Ironically, its spokesperson David Martosko has a history of drunk driving. Here's more info: http://www.aboutdavidmartosko.com/

Let's try and keep our streets safe for our families this year.

Posted by: danm88 | February 5, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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