State Troopers Going On Offensive To Combat Drunken Driving On This Super Bowl Sunday

This is the Super Bowl ticket you don’t want. State troopers will be out in force today, with game day considered one of the deadliest days of the year on the nation’s highways, and it’s particularly worrisome for New Jersey with so much at stake for Giants fans. “Traditionally, it’s been a very bad day for fatalities,” said Capt. Frank McVey, deputy commander of the State Police Troop D barracks, which patrols the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

Drunken driving, normally involved in nearly a third of all highway fatalities, is an especially serious problem on Super Bowl Sunday, McVey said.

While the Giants vs. the New England Patriots in Indianapolis marks the end of football season, it’s just the kickoff for the State Police.

Regular high-visibility enforcement days will start later this month on the state’s two toll roads, McVey said, after fatalities in 2011 doubled on the turnpike and rose 46 percent on the parkway, compared with 2010.

The dates Feb. 17 and 29 have been tentatively scheduled for the bolstered patrols, when all available troopers will be assigned to ride the toll roads in a visual show of force intended to deter drunken driving and seat belt violations. McVey said such high-visibility days would occur at least twice a month.

The toll road numbers were consistent with a statewide increase in fatalities on all New Jersey roads in 2011. State Police said 638 people were killed, compared with a record low of 556 in 2010. Read more in Star Ledger.

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  1. to #4
    omg!!!!!! im totally scared from you?????
    are you serious?? you dont know what the superbowl is??
    you must be kidding…something very basic to know im not saying you have to watch it..but get out of your small and sheltered cacoon and wake up and smell the coffee…
    umm hold on you have internet???????
    pathetic!!!!!!!! some people are really hard to understand

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