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Police to boost OWI patrols for Super Bowl Sunday

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff said Super Bowl Sunday is always a busy day for law enforcement officers.

"We are going to have stepped up patrols, extra deputies on the road, during and after the game," Sheriff David Mahoney said. "They'll be doing nothing but looking for intoxicated drivers."

Mahoney said most fans typically take in the Super Bowl at local taverns or house parties.

He said those drinking at a friend or family member's house should spend the night there if they are too impaired to drive.

Mahoney also said anyone at a bar or tavern that's part of the Dane County Tavern League can opt for a free ride home rather than getting behind the wheel drunk.

"Take advantage of the Safe Ride program, which is free," he said. "Then pick up your car the next day."

Mahoney said those who might drink too much at bars during the game can also always call a cab.

He said, while it's always dangerous to drive after drinking, the wintry conditions on area roads only increase the likelihood of a crash.

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