FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — State Troopers across Connecticut are prepared for Super Bowl Sunday, one of the biggest and most entertaining national sporting events in the nation.
On Sunday, friends and families will gather to watch the big game and to enjoy the festivities surrounding the game.
But parties and gatherings can make Super Bowl Sunday one of the year’s most dangerous days on the roads and highways due to impaired driving-related accidents, state police say.
Super Bowl Sunday is an unofficial holiday in the U.S., and troopers urge all Connecticut residents to proceed with caution as they celebrate. And although kickoff is not until 6:30 p.m., Super Bowl Sunday tends to be an all-day celebration.
The Connecticut State Police are offering some suggestions to keep everyone safe:
- 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, and be prepared to stop, or change lanes.
- Act responsibly by designating a sober, non-drinking driver before the game starts.
- Remember, fans never let fans drive impaired! Be prepared to call a taxi, Uber, or find a sober driver for that fan.
As always, Troopers will enforce all motor vehicle laws.
During Super Bowl Sunday 2016, troopers arrested 15 drivers for DUI, issued 132 tickets for speeding and 424 tickets for all violations (including following too closely, distracted driving, cellphone use, etc.).
Also, state police warn that 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.
Also, no betting pools of any kind can be run in any establishment or bar selling alcohol, state police said.