Bars Prevented More DUIs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozens of traffic stops led to double-digit arrest New Year's Eve as officers cracked down on drunk driving.

"This has obviously been a problem that has received increased attention over the last few years," Kanawha County Sheriff's Cpl. Bryan Humphreys said.

While this number is about three times higher than a normal night, Humphreys knows law enforcement isn't the only one curbing the issue.

"You see private businesses getting involved," Humphreys said.

Those businesses include Vino's Bar and Grill in Charleston, a New Year's hotspot.

On Tuesday night, Vino's owner Vicente Cruz knew he and his increased staff of bartenders were the first line of defense against impaired drivers.

While walking around talking to patrons, they made a conscious effort to monitor behavior.

"We try to watch the people coming in, what their attitudes are, their body language," Cruz said.

If someone seemed to be crossing a line, Vino's would cut them off or offer to try another way to sober them up.

"Encourage food consumption while they're drinking," Cruz said.

When it came time to leave, they made sure every party had a responsible driver, whether it was a friend or a taxi cab driver.

It was all in an effort to keep the good times rolling, just not on the road.

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