Police increase patrols for New Year's Eve

Police increase patrols for New Year's Eve

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Police increase patrols for New Year's Eve

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Associated Press & 13News Now

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 9:00 PM

RICHMOND. (AP) -- Virginia State Police will be out in force New Year's Eve to keep revelers in check.

Tuesday night and into the early morning hours of the new year, state police will roll out more drunken driving patrols and assist local police in DUI checkpoints. Since Thanksgiving, troopers have increased patrols aimed at getting drunken drivers off the roads.

As of Monday, preliminary reports show that more than 720 people lost their lives in traffic crashes on Virginia highways this year.

The Virginia Beach Police Department’s Special Operations Traffic units will be conducting numerous traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols on December 31 watching for drunk drivers and others being unsafe on the road.

The department says 2,369 people were charged last year with Driving Under the Influence.

"In 2013, we have already experienced 23 fatal crashes with 8 of them involving impaired drivers," said spokeswoman MPO Tonya Borman.

If you're parking in one of the city parking lots at 2nd, 4th, 19th, 25th streets or Rudee Loop and have had too much to drink, the city has a Do Not Tow program. Get your pass/sticker before 2:30 a.m Nrew Year's Day. You ontact a police officer or call 385-5000 and an officer will respond and put a “Do Not Tow” sticker on your windshield. That way, you can leave your car, but you have to pick it up by noon Wednesday.

In Portsmouth, the Sheriff's Department will give a free ride home in the city to people who've done too much celebrating. Call 393-5030 for that free ride home. From 10:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s, nearly two dozen volunteer deputy drivers will be patrolling the streets.

AP-WF-12-31-13 0803GMT

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