Officials warn motorists to drive safe on Super Bowl Sunday

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Expect to see more state troopers along Chicago area expressways Sunday after the Super Bowl.

The message is simple: If you’re drinking, don’t drive. If you’re driving, slowdown.

Illinois State Police (ISP) Lt. Jeff Pfotenhauer said “A lot of people are going to be out. They’re going to be at parties and we’re going to step up our efforts and concentrate right towards the end of the Super Bowl, fourth quarter, and beyond tonight.”

State police call it the fatal four: DUI, speed, distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt.

Just like the holidays Super Bowl Sunday, along with its parties and drinking, can be a very dangerous day on the roads.

Last year, in the early morning hours the day, after the Super Bowl, alcohol was a factor in a fiery crash near Hazel crest that killed three people who were in a car traveling the wrong way on I-80 when it slammed head-on into another car, killing that driver, too.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) says there were four traffic accident fatalities in Illinois on Super Bowl Sunday 2012– three of them involved alcohol.

If you’re drinking, hand over the keys, or call a cab– state troopers will be out in full force– enforcing violations.

“Save people’s lives. Save your life. Enjoy the Super Bowl, but get home safely.”

Police said concentrating on the Dan Ryan and the Eisenhower expressways, which could see a higher volume of traffic as people leave the city and head home. Last year, during Super Bowl weekend state troopers issued more than 1,000 citations.

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