Police step up DUI enforcement after Super Bowl

By Nicole Bell - bio | email

RICHMOND, (WWBT) –Super Bowl Sunday. It's one of the most popular and entertaining sporting events nationwide.

Fans flock to restaurants,  bars, or house parties to watch the big game.

Super Bowl Sunday is also one of the most dangerous days on our roadways, police say in part, because thousands of fans choose to drive under the influence either before or after the game.

It's a concern for Terry Drumheller who offers this advice for fans who are enjoying a drink or two.

"Be moderate so you can truly enjoy the game, and live to see the game again next year."

To help keep drunk drivers off the road on game day, several police agencies are out in force. They've increased patrols and set up DUI checkpoints.

Ned Hannegan planned ahead. He knows how he's getting home safely tonight.

"I live 2 blocks from here so it's an easy walk."

And, although Kristen Denny drove to a bar to watch the game, she plans on leaving her car parked and walking to a friend's house as well.

"I don't want to take any chances. I have kids at home, so it's all about safety, said Denny.

In the Commonwealth the maximum penalty for a first time offender convicted of DUI is 12 months in jail, a $2,500 fine and a 12 month suspension of driving privileges.

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