State Police prepare for Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts

State Police in Connecticut will be out in force on Sunday evening to look for drivers who had too much to drink while watching the big game.

“Parties and gatherings can make Super Bowl Sunday one of the year’s most dangerous days on the roads and highways of our state due to impaired, driving-related accidents,” according to a State Police press release.

The release noted that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the nation’s biggest and most entertaining national sporting events. “With a local team in the game, many Connecticut residents will be celebrating this event,” stated the release, in a reference to the New England Patriots.

An all-day celebration

Although kickoff is not until 6:30 p.m., Super Bowl Sunday tends to be an all-day celebration.

Troopers will be patrolling roads and highways across the state, looking for possible drunk drivers during and after the big game. As always, troopers will aggressively enforce all motor vehicle laws.

During Super Bowl Sunday in 2014, the State Police arrested seven drivers for DUI, and issued 212 tickets for speeding and 414 for hazardous moving violations.

Advice for a safe experience

The State Police offer these suggestions to keep everyone safe as they celebrate the game:

— Travel the speed limit, always use signals when turning or changing lanes, and stay off your cell phone.

— Act responsibly by designating a sober, non-drinking driver before the game even starts.

— Remember that friends never let friends drive drunk. Be prepared to call a cab for a friend, or find a sober driver for that friend.

The rules on betting pools

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, according to the State Police release.

No percentage or cut can be taken by the person organizing the pool for his/her time or expense of running the pool.

It also should be noted that no betting pools of any kind can be run in any establishment or bar selling alcohol, stated the release.