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DULUTH - Many people spent all day or all weekend celebrating the Super Bowl, but police warn it is not all fun and games and extra patrols will be out all night looking for drunk drivers.
“It’s a big day of the year for a lot of people, even cab drivers!” Marlon Bailey, owner of Airport & Duluth Taxi, said.
Super Bowl Sunday is just as much about the game as it is about enjoying it with family and friends over good food and drinks.
“If they start their pre-game festivities in the middle of the day, by 10 o’ clock, people could have had a lot to drink already. So, usually we have a lot of people on the roads that have been drinking. So we have an increase in incidents of D.W.I. arrests on Super Bowl Sunday,” Jim Lesar, patrol Sgt. Of the Duluth Police Department, said.
And if you choose to drink and drive, your wallet might not appreciate it.
“A lot of them try to sneak by. Paying a $20 cab fare is better than paying $10,000. You might sneak by the law 99 times, but they’ll catch you once,” Bailey said.
Sunday night might not be the best night to take that chance.
“Duluth Police Department and our law enforcement partners in the area are going to be having extra enforcement out tonight. Part of the Towards Zero Death campaign,” Lesar said.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety hopes to make this year number five without a drunk-driving death on Super Bowl Sunday.
“Arrange a sober driver. You want to make sure you have a cab available. And make sure your designated driver is a sober designated drive because occasionally, they do get arrested because they drink too,” Lesar said.
And both local cab companies and police have on last suggestion.
“You should never drink and drive, It’s always dangerous,” Lesar said.
And Bailey said, “I just suggest, don’t do it!”