New Jersey State Police say Super Bowl Sunday has traditionally been one of the most dangerous days of the year for driving, and officers will be adopting a zero-tolerance policy for drivers on the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
Captain Frank McVey of the State Police told the Asbury Park Press that 24 additional patrols are scheduled to be on the Parkway and Turnpike between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. An Associated Press story on 6abc.com reports that officials are saying the increased forces are partly because the local New York Giants are playing in the game.
According to CBS New York, New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said the first Super Bowl matchup between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots saw 176 drunken driving arrests, the second highest total ever on a Super Bowl Sunday in New Jersey.
McVey said 50 percent of the fatalities came from drivers and passengers not following state seat-belt laws, while 30 percent were blamed on drunken driving. Suffolk County’s Police Department will be out in force looking for drunk drivers.
Saturation patrols of police officers will be out on the Turnpike and Parkway at least twice a month the rest of the year encouraging drivers to obey the laws.