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Police ready Super Bowl drunk driving blitz

01/30/2015 11:12 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT
Toronto-area police will not be watching Sunday's NFL match between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Instead they will be patrolling roads, on the lookout for drunk drivers. 

Toronto police will have additional officers throughout the city, conducting R.I.D.E. spot checks for drivers over the legal limit for alcohol.

Peel police will deploy extra officers to conduct R.I.D.E. spot checks in Brampton and Mississauga.

"We want fans and citizens to enjoy the game, but plan ahead," said Staff Sgt. Michael Donnelly of Road Safety Services.

Police say if you suspect another motorist is impaired, call 911. Similarly, if you are at a Super Bowl party and know a party-goer is too drunk to drive but is determined to get behind the wheel anyway, call 911.

York Regional Police released a "playbook" of sorts about impaired driving. It name-checks the teams and the halftime entertainment, Katy Perry, and uses the social media hashtag #PartyWithCaution.

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