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CENTERVILLE -- Frickers, like many restaurants and bars Friday night, is packed for the Super Bowl.
And while there's good times and celebrations during the game, police say they were out in force to make sure no one drives impaired.
Kettering Police Department is one of 20 law enforcement agencies in the area that had extra patrols on the roads during and after the game, because some drinkers think they can get behind the wheel and safely make it home.
"A strong portion of those people believe that they are OK to drive, they don't believe they are intoxicated," says Kettering Police Lt. William Karolyi. "I don't know if they think their body can overcome the effects of alcohol and they think they can go out and drive normally but studies prove that people may think that, but in essence the alcohol does impair them and it does make them make poor decisions and that, unfortunately, leads to some of the accidents we have."
"We want everyone to have a good time tonight, but we don't want anyone to leave here and get into any sort of accident. So we want people to be responsible with their drinking and with our serving," said Bryan Cunningham, who managers Fricker's.
He says they take their liquor license seriously; they have to.
"We take their training seriously. Just because for legal reasons not just for the safety of our customers, but to protect our business," said Cunningham.
It's that attitude that helps police out a lot. Kettering Police Lt. William Karolyi is one of two officers working overtime this Super Bowl Sunday looking for impaired drivers.
"Our goal would be going all night without making the OVI arrest," Karolyi said.
But shortly after 9 p.m., police had their first suspected OVI. A driver told police he had just left a Super Bowl party and drank three to four beers. But what is more alarming: police say he is taking a prescription for OxyContin. It is something police are seeing a lot of lately.
"It may be only an .06 due to alcohol but that narcotic they're putting into their system, the combination of them could lead to the impairment," explained Lt. Karolyi.
The man failed the field sobriety test, then refused to take the blood alcohol level test, which got him a trip to jail. And just by refusing, the state suspends his license for a year -- guilty or not. Police say the extra patrols help prevent tragedies they so often see linked with alcohol.
"It goes much further than that person being selfish and getting behind the wheel. I mean it affects family, friends, it's very long lasting," Lt. Karolyi said.
The Montgomery County OVI Task Force is made up of about 20 agencies throughout the Miami Valley. The overtime for the extra patrols was paid for by a federal grant.
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