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DWI crackdown during Super Bowl weekend

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With all the partying on Super Bowl Sunday, there's always some concern out on the roads. That had authorities across the region on the lookout for drunk drivers overnight. As YNN’s Crystal Cranmore tells us, local law enforcement agencies just want to make sure the roads are safe for everyone.

ELMIRA, N.Y. -- DWI checkpoints. If you don’t see them, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are in the clear. Officers are on roving patrol, looking for those who may have had a little too much to drink on Super Bowl Sunday.

State Police Sgt. John Roe said, “Troopers are going to be looking for the normal vehicle and traffic law violations, things such as seatbelts, any swerving."

Sgt. Roe says one of the most dangerous roads in the area is Interstate 86. In 2010, authorities saw nearly 100 DWI-related incidents on a four-county stretch of the highway, with 92 percent of them being in Steuben and Chemung counties.

Sgt. Roe says there is typically a spike in DWIs during the holidays and during big events like Sunday's game.

“The excitement of the Super Bowl and the festivities where people gather together does tend to increase that level,” he said.

Steve Sorensen of Corning said, "Yes, a lot more police along the roads."

At Oaks Sports Bar on Market Street, Sorensen said he’s seen an uptick in patrol this weekend. When going out with friend to grab a drink, Sorensen says he plays it safe.

He said, “I either go out with a designated driver or I walk home”

At nearby Holmes Plate 54, worker Katie Owens says the restaurant offers rides to veterans if they have too much to drink.

She said, “What he's doing is supplying the cab ride just for the first mile, to a hotel or to their homes."

At the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office police have made three DWI arrests this Super Bowl weekend. The bottom line is, police want people to be responsible and not drink and drive.

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