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Increased patrols announced for Super Bowl weekend

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Police warn not to overindulge on Super Bowl Sunday, because they will be watching.  Officers across the state of Indiana, including right here in Michiana, are joining together for the "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk" campaign beginning Friday.

Police are increasing patrols through early Monday morning and conducting "high visibility enforcement activities" to catch drunk and buzzed drivers.  They'll also be looking for drivers not wearing seatbelts.

All St. Joseph County police departments hope to have three police officers on duty. There will be a total of 27 throughout the county although the number could change due to the weather expected this weekend.

"Impaired driving is a crime; one too deadly to ignore," said Lt. Tim Williams of the Mishawaka Police Department. "That's why we don't give warnings, or accept excuses.  If you're over the limit, in St. Joseph County, you will be arrested."

The officers who will be out there are working overtime. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute provides the money that pays these officers. This grant is available year long for events such as the Super Bowl and the NCAA basketball tournament where there is a greater likelihood for possible drunk drivers.

There was one DUI arrest made last year during the Super Bowl weekend.

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