The Super Bowl fans will gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants or Super Bowl-themed parties, and the authorities will be watching you.
The New York State Police is joining other law enforcement agencies in a special effort to crackdown on impaired and distracted driving during Super Bowl Weekend. These efforts began Friday, January 31 and runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

“Before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver," Troop G Commander Major Steven James said in a release. “Drunk driving is always preventable, and driving drunk could result in seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect troopers, deputies and municipal officers to have a visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive.”

Major James also emphasized that these efforts will also include a crackdown on Texting-While-Driving. While STOP-DWI and distracted driving efforts across New York State have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol, drug and texting-while-driving related fatalities, lives are still being lost because of crashes caused by impaired and/or distracted drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown and texting-while-driving campaigns aim to raise awareness about and reduce drunk or distracted driving.

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

Designate your sober driver before the party begins.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.

If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.

Use your community’s sober ride program.

Never let friends drive drunk.

Arrange a safe way for them to get home.

Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.

Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.

Host your party just like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.

Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

If an underage person drinks and drives, the parent may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.

Likewise, parents or other adults who provide alcohol to, or host a party where alcohol is available to, those under age 21 could face jail time.


Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar advises residents to make the safe play and pass along their keys to a designated driver so that everyone can make it home safely.

We know drinking and driving is more prevalent over Super Bowl weekend, so we’ll be taking extra precautions by adding extra patrols Friday night with heavy emphasis on Sunday evening.

The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to celebrate. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition, have joined forces with Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, because – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

According to NHTSA, in 2011, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays.*

Whether attending the game, watching at a bar or hosting a party, NHTSA, TEAM Coalition, the NFL and the [name] County Sheriff’s Office remind everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.  Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver. NHTSA offers these additional safety tips:
If you are hosting a party:

•Make sure all guests designate a sober driver before kickoff
•Serve plenty of food
•Offer a variety of non-alcoholic choices
•Be prepared for guests to spend the night
•Only serve alcohol to guests 21 and older

If you’re attending a party:
•Designate a driver before the party begins
•Before you arrive have a cab company listed in your cell phone
•Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast, and make sure to eat enough food
•Always buckle up- it's the best defense against other drunk drivers