Drinking and Driving on New Year's Eve

By: Anna Smithson
By: Anna Smithson

While some may be ringing in the new year with a drink or two, local law enforcement will be out in full force in efforts to prevent a New Year's tragedy. And if you think the rainy weather will discourage officers from getting out of their cars to arrest impaired drivers, think again.

"The rain tonight will not stop the state police from being out there working in full force, we are still going to do road checks in the rain, were still going to look for impaired drivers," said Michale Hatler, Kentucky State Police Trooper.

On nights like tonight the police will have double the force out.

The state police along with all local departments Bowling Green Police, Western Kentucky University Police, the Sheriffs Department and Vehicle Enforcement are all out in double force.

"We have officers working their days off coming out to work and they are going to double up on everything," Hatler said.

The state police have this advice for you while you are out and about this New Year's Eve.

"Be responsible, pay attention to how much you drink and have a plan ahead of having a designated driver pick you up or yellow cab just do not drink and drive," Hatler said.

And you should also remember.

"if you drink tonight and drive you will loose, you will go to jail and it's just not worth it."

With the new year ahead also comes the new seat belt law.
The primary seat belt law will be in effect starting tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2007, and anyone caught not wearing a seat belt can be ticketed.

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