Law Enforcement Planning Extra New Years Patrols

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In a matter of hours, roads will be packed with people headed to ring in or coming home from celebrating the new year.

"Get together with family and friends, focus on having a good time. that's all that matters," Jackie Bales said.

While Bailes and his girlfriend Darian don't have specific plans in mind just yet, but there is one group that does.

"We don't really have a choice to plan ahead in order to do our jobs correctly," Charleston Police Department Patrolman J.J. Weaver said.

For law enforcement, the years end is a time where officers prepare days in advance.

"A lot of drunk drivers out, particularly around the time the bars begin the close after midnight," Weaver said. "Between that time and 3 in the morning."

That's when you'll be seeing flashing lights, even if you've done nothing wrong.

DUI checkpoints will be set up all over, stopping the problem before it becomes one.

However, patrols aren't the only reason Weaver calls New Year's Eve busy and demanding.

"Calls are usually non-stop," Weaver said. "Particularly disturbance calls. Most are related to drinking and partying."

So before you go out on the town, know you're not alone and that having a plan for a safe night matters.

"I think most people don't realize the impact that one poor decision can have in their lives, or the lives of friends, or even complete strangers," Weaver said. "Even if you don't have a designated driver.. there's still no reason to risk the drive home."

C And H Taxi will be doing their intoxi-taxi program, offering free rides home.

All you have to do is give them a call Tuesday night between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

These are only rides home and are only free for the first 15 miles.

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