East Texas police departments warn over increased drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – While East Texans anticipate a Super Bowl win, East Texas police departments are anticipating an increase in drunk driving accidents and advise people to have a designated driver.

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The Kilgore Police Department shared that beside New Year’s, Super Bowl Sunday is the day with more alcohol-related injuries and said statistics show a 22% increase in drunk driving accidents on game day.

“Please be safe tonight if you’re out watching the game with friends,” Kilgore PD said.

Across East Texas, multiple businesses are hosting watch parties of the Chiefs and 49ers Super Bowl where East Texas natives Patrick Mahomes and Trent Williams will face off.

“Plan ahead and designate a sober driver,” the Crockett Texas Police Department said.

Crocket PD said drunk driving is unsportsmanlike conduct, and told the public through a social media post to be team players.

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“Let’s all do our part to keep our roads safe for everyone. Stay attentive, avoid distractions and prioritize road safety. You never know when your alertness and responsible behavior may prevent another accident,” the Palestine Police Department said.

According to TxDOT, the penalty for a first offense DWI is up to a $2,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail, and up to a year without a drivers license.

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