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Super bowl brings out drunk drivers

YAKIMA, Wash -- It's a Sunday afternoon in February, and not even a real holiday. Just about everyone has to work tomorrow -- its Super bowl Sunday.

Millions are inside watching TV. For some its the football game, for others it's the ads. For many its too much to drink.  

As a nine year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, Darin Foster has seen a big change in superbowl party habits.  

"We're finding that superbowl Sunday is as big as new years eve," said Foster.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, accidents related to alcohol on Super bowl Sunday trail only new years. With over 60% of all Super bowl Sunday accidents related to alcohol.

Less than 50% of accidents on Memorial day and the 4th July involve alcohol. Even St. Patrick's day, is safer than Super bowl Sunday.  As a result, extra police officers all over the nation, will be out looking for drunk drivers -- instead of at home watching the game.