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Police increase patrols on local roads for big game

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 01 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 01 2013 10:32:31 PM CST

Police increase patrols on local roads for big game

EXETER TWP., Pa. -

Police across Berks County are bracing for Super Bowl weekend.

The major problem is dealing with drunk drivers, police said.

Drivers can expect plenty of DUI check points this weekend, especially during and after the Super Bowl game.

"We will be out specifically dedicated doing nothing other than looking for people who might have had too much to drink," said Exeter Township police officer, David Bentz.

Also cracking down on drunk drivers are beer distributors like Island Beverage in Reading.

They say safety comes before profits, and will not sell to customers who appear intoxicated.

"If you look stuporish, if you're swaggering, slurred speech, if we smell it, we're not going to sell to you," said Xiomara Franco, manager of Island Beverage.

Officials say they are concerned by the number of alcohol-related deaths that occur during and after Super Bowl parties.

They even say irresponsible party hosts could be held responsible.

"If they allow people to get too intoxicated, they can be held liable for that if there is a crash," said Ofc. Bentz, who is also the Berks County DUI Enforcement Coordinator.

Police are asking partygoers to have the telephone number of at least one cab company available, and to make a game plan as soon as possible, so everyone can get home safely and avoid getting into a dangerous situation.