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Help your friends avoid a DWI after your Super Bowl party

If you're hosting a Super Bowl party, you likely have a lot of planning to do. Without a doubt, your food has to rival the guy's down the street, so you must clean your grill. You'll want to make sure your TV is in good condition and you've invited all your friends. And, as with all good parties, you probably want to make sure you have enough to drink.

But, all things considered, maybe your planning efforts should include helping your guests get home safely once the fun is over. For many, Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest party day of the year. With substantial amounts of alcohol often consumed during the big game, understand that New York law enforcement officers will be out in full force this Feb. 1-4 through their STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign. This could lead to trouble if one of your friends has had too much to drink.

If you're driving, you've already given consent

With New York's Implied Consent Law, a law enforcement officer (LEO) has the right to request certain tests in connection with a traffic stop. To determine someone's legal ability to drive, these tests may include:

  • Breath
  • Urine
  • Blood
  • Saliva

If your friend declines a LEO's chemical test, his license will automatically be suspended. And, after the game clock runs out, you likely won't be in any position to go pick him up from the police station.

Your friends are expecting an awesome Super Bowl party at your place, so enjoy the game and have fun entertaining your friends. At the same time, whether through Uber, a designated driver or the opportunity to crash on your couch, help keep your guests from driving drunk.

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