The Darien Police will be deploying extra patrol officers, specifically for DUI enforcement, for Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 7. The department will be using funding received through a Connecticut Department of Transportation grant to aggressively combat drunken driving offenses that may take place during special events, such as this, throughout the year.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, on the average someone in this country is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes. About 13,000 people a year in the U.S. are killed in drunk-driving related crashes. An estimated three out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time during their lives. Approximately 1.46 million drivers are arrested every year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is believed that about one arrest is made for every 88 episodes of driving over the legal limit. Alcohol-impaired driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the U.S. today.

The Darien Police hope that all drivers will Drive Safe, Drive Smart, and not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We would also like to encourage anyone who may witness such an offense to immediately call the police.