Police Prepare For New Year’s Eve Drinking And Driving

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Local police have extra patrol cars out on New Years Eve to make sure people aren't out drinking and driving.

Law enforcement agencies scheduled more people for the holiday in anticipation of a high volume of DWI arrests, they said.

"We advise that you be vigilant and watch what the cars are doing and what the other people are doing," Fayetteville Cpl. Dan Montgomery said. "Just be careful... we want everybody to get home safe."

Some officers and deputies brought in for the night will solely be on watch for motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated. The Springdale Police Department receives money from the state to pay officers to watch for impaired drivers.

In Bentonville, the staff will almost double for New Years Eve, with a concentration between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Check points will be set up in various parts of Benton County throughout the night by the Sheriff's Office. Arkansas State Police will assist staffing the checkpoints and will have its maximum amount of troopers out.

Police encourage people who plan to celebrate New Year's Eve with alcohol to have a designated driver or call a taxi.

The Green Cab Company expects more than 1,000 calls for rides throughout the night. They will not be taking reservations between midnight and 3 a.m.