BALTIMORE (WUSA) --Howard County Police urge fans celebrating the Super Bowl this weekend to use good judgment and celebrate safely by making sure they have a designated driver if they will be drinking to celebrate the game.
Officials warn that an increased number of police officers will be combing the streets after the Super Bowl game to stop impaired drivers on the road.
"Super Bowl Sunday is always a concern for us when it comes to drinking and driving," said Police Chief William Mc Mahon. "That's especially true this year with the hometown team in the game. We want people to have a great time and celebrate. We just ask that you designate a driver before you drink alcohol."
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) claim Super Bowl Sunday as one of the most dangerous days in the nation in terms of alcohol-related traffic crashes. On Super Bowl Sunday in 2011, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver, which is above the 31 percent of traffic fatalities for the entire year of 2011.