- The Washington Times - Monday, January 27, 2003

The hometown Washington Redskins weren't playing, but the police in the metro area were on the roads last night looking for Super Bowl partyers who were driving drunk.
Maryland State Police added extra patrols on Interstates 495, 270 and 95 to watch for motorists weaving, speeding, moving too slowly or displaying other signs of drunken driving.
State police officials said yesterday the agency was simply preparing for a Super Bowl evening, which typically includes lots of alcohol consumption.
"It's kind of like New Year's weekend," said Sgt. Scott Wimmer at the Forestville Barracks.
Virginia state police had no extra police on duty, but troopers working last night were told to look for drunken drivers "especially after the game is over," said Sgt. J.R. Braun.
Police were on high alert across the country, especially in Tampa Bay, Fla., where fans were rooting for the Buccaneers in their first Super Bowl.
Police have had to break up riots started by overzealous hometown fans after professional and college championship games.
Tampa Bay police Chief Bennie Holder said extra officers were put on duty last night. Chief Holder said he would watch the game, especially the last quarter, before deciding where officers would be most needed.
"We don't expect problems," Chief Holder said.
A man was killed by a car last week while crossing a Tampa street to join about 25,000 other fans celebrating the Buccaneers playoff victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia.
When the St. Louis Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV, police made 15 drunken driving arrests, compared with 27 they made on New Year's Eve.
In 1998, when the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl XXXII, more than 20,000 people in Colorado damaged 15 police cars, 22 persons were arrested and emergency medical technicians tended to 60 who were injured in rioting.


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