Additional Officers to Hit The Streets on New Year's Eve

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

As the year comes to an end many are preparing to celebrate the arrival of 2009.

But with ringing in a new year comes the potential danger of drunk drivers on the roads.

Cpt. Tony Gonzalez of the Houston Co. Sheriff's Dept." specifically looking for DUIs, we want the community to be safe and we don't want anybody to have a bad start to the New Year."

Wiregrass law enforcement and Alabama state troopers are putting more of their people on the streets.

Beginning at 6 p.m. New Year's Eve night troopers will be out on a 102-hour patrol, ending Sunday at midnight.

They're hoping to crack down on the number of accidents.

Trooper Kevin Cook of the Alabama Department of Public Safety says, "Last year we had 11 fatalities in the holiday season so you know, we're looking to knock that number down this year."

Officials say with lower gas prices people are more apt to get behind the wheel.

But with an economy in a recession, New Year’s Eve can be an easy out for those in tough times.

A combination, officials believe, that can be lethal.

Chief John Powell says, "They’re looking for a way out of the pressures of the economy you know the concerns they may have about their jobs, their bills that are lingering out there and they may use this opportunity to wash away these problems with alcohol."

But law enforcement isn’t just looking for drivers under the influence.

Cook says, "I know, everybody, it’s the holiday season, it's the New Year, so there's going to be quite a bit of drinking but we're going to be targeting aggressive driving there have been more calls concerning road rage, and driving too close."

Area law enforcement urge everyone out tonight to take a cab or designate a driver when partaking in all of tonight’s activities to make sure that you are in one piece for the new year.

Surrounding law enforcement agencies are also putting more of their patrols on the streets tonight.


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