Super Bowl weekend is known as a time to get together with friends, cheer on a team and let go of reality for a couple of hours. Unfortunately for some, reality may hit when you see red and blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror as you head home after the game.

Many areas ramp up drunk driving enforcement efforts during this past Super Bowl weekend. As a result, DWI arrests can go up.

Did New York increase drunk driving enforcement efforts during the big game? Yes, New York was one of the states that increased enforcement efforts during Super Bowl weekend.

A recent article posted by the Hudson Valley News Network discussed the move, noting Governor Cuomo stated enforcement officers throughout the state would “crackdown on DWI and reckless driving during Super Bowl weekend.”

And increase efforts, they did. Enforcement officers were out in large numbers both for patrols and manning checkpoints throughout the state.

What if I got arrested for a DWI? First, you are not alone. Although data for this past Super Bowl weekend is not yet available, a similar effort occurred during the 2016 Super Bowl. This resulted in 92 arrests and 4,686 tickets.

Those facing charges connected to a DWI arrest should also know that these charges can be fought. Depending on the details of the stop, defenses can help reduce the charges or, in some cases, lead to a dismissal of the charges.

Do I need a lawyer? In most cases, it is wise to seek legal counsel to help better ensure your legal rights are protected.