Hingham: Extra police patrols will be on the roads in anticipation of Superbowl Sunday

According to Police Sergeant Steven Dearth, Superbowl weekend can be one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.

Hingham police will have extra patrols looking for drunk drivers starting Friday night until early Monday morning.

He’s advising residents who are planning to host a party to think ahead when buying snacks. “Offer a variety of drinks including non-alcoholic drinks. Serve a lot of food but you want to make sure to avoid salty snacks–they tend to make people drink more,” said Sergeant Dearth

But he also warns residents to be mindful of the law while still having a good time, “Obviously with the social host law in Massachusetts you want to make sure that only people 21 or older are served. That allows for criminal liability, and civil liability as well, if people under 21 are served and they leave your house.”

Hingham police will also be heavily enforcing seat belt use this weekend because they believe a seat belt is the best defense against a drunk driver. Citations will be given to drivers who are not buckled up.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.