Connecticut State Troopers across the state are preparing for Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 4. Parties and gatherings can make Super Bowl Sunday one of the year’s most dangerous days on the roads and highways of the state due to impaired driving-related accidents. The busy holiday season is past, but Super Bowl Sunday is an ‘unofficial’ holiday, and the U.S. Troopers urge all Connecticut residents to proceed with caution as they celebrate with friends and family.
Although kickoff is not until 6:30 p.m., Super Bowl Sunday tends to be an all-day celebration. Due to the nature of this sporting event, the Connecticut State Police offer some suggestions to keep everyone safe as they celebrate the game:
- Travel the speed limit.
- Always use signals when turning or changing lanes.
- Wear your seatbelt, and stay off your cell phone.
- Be alert to what other motorists are doing.
- Be prepared to stop, or change lanes.
- Act responsibly by designating a sober, non-drinking driver before the game even starts. Remember, fans never let fans drive impaired. Be prepared to call a taxi, Uber, or find a sober driver for that fan.
Troopers will be attentive to all roads and highways across the state for the possibility of drivers operating impaired, before, during and after the game. As always, Troopers will enforce all motor vehicle laws.
During Super Bowl Sunday 2017, Troopers arrested 10 drivers for DUI, issued 214 tickets for speeding and 518 tickets for all violations (to include following too close, distracted driving, cell phones, etc.).
In Connecticut, football pools are legal as long as all of the money taken in for the pool is given back to the winners participating in the pool. No percentage or cut can be taken by the person organizing the pool for his/her time and/or expense of running the pool.
Note: No betting pools of any kind can be run in any establishment or bar selling alcohol.