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Law enforcement agencies plan normal number of officers on streets for New Year’s Eve

No special patrols have been planned by local law enforcement agencies for Thursday night, as people ring in the New Year. But officers definitely will be watching for drunken drivers, and they’re asking for the public’s help to ensure the celebration is a safe one.

December 30, 2009

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Kansas Department of Transportation anti-drunken driving commercial

The Kansas Department of Transportation is launching a series of Web videos aimed at persuading drivers that it's not worth it to drink and drive. This is the first episode in the series, which introduces viewers to jail and was released in time for the New Year's Eve holiday.

No special patrols have been planned by local law enforcement agencies for Thursday night, as people ring in the New Year. But officers definitely will be watching for drunken drivers, and they’re asking for the public’s help to ensure the celebration is a safe one.

“Drivers under the influence are dangerous any time of year, but with New Year’s parties and other celebrations with family and friends, more instances of impaired driving are likely,” said Trooper Edna Buttler, Kansas Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

Lawrence police, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the highway patrol said they will have a normal number of officers on the streets Thursday night and Friday morning.

Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Steve Lewis said deputies would be monitoring the roads and highways carefully. He also encouraged people to report drunken drivers to law enforcement promptly.

Sgt. Michael Monroe, Lawrence police spokesman, said people should consider using the DCCCA Inc.-sponsored Tipsy Taxi service, KU’s safe ride program, or any other safe alternative if they’re intoxicated.

“We would encourage everyone to have a safe and responsible New Year’s Eve,” said Monroe. “We would advise people who will be attending a New Year’s Eve function and chose to consume alcohol to have a plan for how they are going to get home before they start their evening.”

Comments

jackpot 5 years, 8 months ago

Good luck to all. Blue full moon new year's eve.

jj14 5 years, 8 months ago

Why on earth would they advertise this? "No extra officers on the streets for new years eve". There should be extra officers on the street - and if they are unable to do so why in the world would they want people to think otherwise??? Is this supposed to be a story? I'm shaking my head.

somebodynew 5 years, 8 months ago

jj14- - you don't understand. They are not advertising this. The paper went to them, as they do every year, and asked about what they were planning this year. They were just responding (allegedely) honestly. If what they said is true, I know there are weekends they can't handle the normal calls, and this will be New Years Eve. ??

doc1 5 years, 8 months ago

What you don't realize is that they don't have the manpower to add extra. Thurs-Saturday they already have all the officers assigned to that shift already working. Nobody gets days off on those days. You can't take them off other shifts because they don't have enough to answer calls on that one. They are at a shortage of officers. Nobody wants to stay and work for Olin.

Bailey Perkins 5 years, 8 months ago

View this as every basketball tourney celebration - Lawrence offices are rarely out on the streets - they have always sent in State Troopers and patrols from other areas.

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