If you are going to drink, have a game plan to stay safe.
Football fan Nick Benjamin intends to celebrate the Super Bowl with a drink — but he also is going to make sure he stays off the road.
"I think that's really irresponsible when it comes down to it," he says, "Like, you're putting other people's lives in jeopardy."
"I usually just call a cab. I don't think it's really worth it for me to even try to drive at that point. Honestly, if I'm gonna be having more than two or three beers, I'll just grab a cab... it's simple."
Benjamin's friend, Edy Vasquez, goes even further: he won't be drinking at all.
"I'll be DD [designated driver], because someone's gotta do it."
Not everyone does the same as Benjamin and Vasquez, however, which is why this Super Bowl weekend will see the State Police with more troopers on patrol- as well as DWI checkpoints across the state- as they prepare for the big game.
It is part of a campaign that of zero tolerance for reckless and impaired driving, as well as enforcement of underage drinking laws. The campaign began Saturday and will run through Monday.
"[There are] a lot of things we look for," says trooper Christopher Lander of the New York State Police, "[a] major one being failure to maintain their lane."
That doesn't mean people should be cancelling Super Bowl parties- merely that they be responsible.
"Go out, have a good time," says Lander, "but be responsible about it."
In 2016, troopers and local police agencies that took part in the Super Bowl crackdown made nearly 200 arrests for DWI, and issued more than 4,500 tickets. According to troopers, the hours after the big game are some of the most dangerous times to be on the road.
As a result, State Police are reminding drivers to have a game plan to get home safely on Super Bowl Sunday if they believe they've had too much to drink. Drivers can make a plan to call a cab, friends, or a family member, for example.
To aid drivers in finding a safe way home, state officials are reminding everyone that they can use the free "Have A Plan" app from the STOP DWI Foundation. The app allows users to find a taxi service or program a designated drivers list.
Regardless of how, State Police want to make sure that everyone has a game plan. It is something that Edy Vasquez agrees with:
"Usually, you gotta take care of yourself. You gotta think about how many drinks am I having at all, and if I am... what's the cut-off?"