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Super Bowl preparations and driving safety

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CAPITOL REGION, N.Y. - As everyone is making some final preparations for their Super Bowl parties or heading to watch at the bar, State Police are gearing up for their stop DWI checkpoints tonight, and a local business is doing its part to help keep you safe tonight too.

"Pizza. We got some wings, beer," said Phil Taranto of Colonie.

"Pizza type food, snacks, beer and soda," said Greg Warne.

Sunday, as shoppers stocked their carts, it seemed no Super Bowl party was complete without alcohol.

Super Sunday is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Firefighter Greg Warne has seen the damage drinking and driving can do.

"I've been doing it for about 15 years and definitely alcohol is a factor in a lot of the accidents that we do see," said Warne.

Last year, State Police handed out nearly 1,800 tickets and made 13 DWI arrests during a Super Bowl weekend Stop DWI Program, and this year they're increasing checkpoints.

Phil Taranto, of Colonie, planned ahead to make sure he wasn't driving after his Super Bowl party.

"More and more that's what we're doing is keeping it small so people don't have to drive or make sure that somebody has a designated driver," said Taranto.

But if you will be out and need a ride, Martin Harding and Mazzotti is offering free cab rides.

"When they call our number we have a dispatcher that immediately gets the on call cab services that are working with us," said Todd Sardella of Martin Harding & Mazzotti.

Attorney Todd Sardella says DWI's are preventable. You just have to make the right choice and plan ahead.

"Find another way," said Sardella. "We want you to be one of those people tomorrow whose biggest problem is how to get to your car. We don't want you to be in jail with a DWI charge and we certainly don't want you to be in the hospital or worse yet."

If you need a free cab ride tonight, here in the Capital Region, you can call 1-800-Law-1010.

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