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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

January 28, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia Traffic Enforcement says Super Bowl Sunday is one of the year's most dangerous on the state's highways due to drunk or impaired drivers.

And that is this Sunday. The Georgia State Patrol and other South Georgia law enforcement agencies will have beefed up patrols on the roads during and after the Super Bowl targeting drunk drivers.

Dougherty County HEAT units will be part of a state wide crackdown force targeting drunk or impaired drivers leaving Super Bowl Parties.

 "The most dangerous time is from midnight to six in the morning," DCP Lt. Thomas Jackson said.

On Super Bowl Sunday 2007 48 percent of traffic deaths involved drunk drivers, as compared to 32 percent the rest of the year. And HEAT officers worry this year could be worse.

 "I know a lot of people are going to be hosting Super Bowl parties, and with the economy being like it is these parties may even be larger than they have been in the years previous," Jackson said.

Officers remind party hosts that they can be held liable and even prosecuted if someone you served alcohol to is involved in a crash.

 "Get people's keys from them. Desiginate a driver, have cab numbers readily available. And if you see someone getting ready to leave your house intoxicated you need to stop them," Jackson said.

Law enforcement wants to warn you ahead of time to plan ahead, and don't get behind the wheel if you have been drinking Super Bowl Sunday. There will be extra patrols on the road targeting drunk drivers, and Officers say you will go to jail if you are caught.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that young men ages 21 to 34 are the most likely to drive impaired on Super Bowl Sunday, and also the least likely to wear their safety belts, which could be a deadly combination.

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