Increased police patrol in Chemung County for Super Bowl Sunday

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Don’t let a DWI ruin your Super Bowl Sunday.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents ahead of the big weekend to stay safe and drink responsibly.

“If you get to the point where you think you’ve had too much, or you know you’ve had too much, just to find other means to get home,” Schrom said. “Use an uber, call a cab, get a hold of a friend, use a designated driver, make it a point not to ruin your day.”

The Chemung County Traffic Safety Board announced Wednesday that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a statewide STOP-DWI crackdown. From Friday, Feb. 1, to Monday, Feb. 4, there will be increased patrols and enforcement across the county.

Even though New York doesn’t have a team headed to Super Bowl LIII, Schrom said that doesn’t lessen concerns about safety; he still anticipates residents to partake in the festivities. “I think a football fan’s a football fan. Even if their team’s not in it, it’s an excuse to get together with your friends and enjoy a fun day together.”

If you’re hosting a party at your home, Schrom said you do hold some responsibility. But the level of liability depends on whether you supply the alcohol or your guests bring their own. Regardless, Schrom said it’s important to be conscious of your guests’ travel plans, and to ensure no one leaves your home in an impaired condition.

“If you’re hosting it, make an effort to have somebody at your home that can get some of your guests home safely,” Schrom said.

Every DWI case is looked at individually, so whether or not a homeowner faces penalties depends on the circumstances of the particular situation.

For more information on “Having a Plan” download the New York State STOP DWI Safe Ride Home App www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp

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