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Jefferson City Police Department looking out for drunk drivers this New Year’s Eve


The Jefferson City Police Department will be on the lookout for drunk drivers on this New Year's Eve.

ABC 17 was able to do a ride along with Jefferson City Police Officer Jeff Skinner, and he said officers will have a little bit higher awareness due to the holidays.

Officer Skinner said there are several signs that someone might be driving under the influence.

"Failing to maintain their lane, you know, crossing over center line or going way under the speed limits. There's going to be one following the vehicle too closely in front of its registration drive without headlights," Skinner said.

The common sign that someone is driving impaired is if they are veering left of the center line or running a red light or stop light.

For people to stay aware of people driving under the influence on the roads they must use defensive driving.

"Slow down, playing in your head for fear of that person may be pulling out in front of them or cutting them off, being prepared to avoid collision," Skinner said.

Jefferson City Police gets numerous calls regarding hazardous drivers and many get encountered by police ended up being impaired, so people are encouraged to call 911.

A few tips on how to stay safe if you're going out this New Year's Ever, make sure you have a ride.

"Know your limit and, you know, maybe have a sober friend that agrees that this time they stay sober, they take care of the group and then that way they stay self-contained and police really don't have to get involved," Skinner said.

If you are drinking, know your limit and make sure you are staying healthy, eating good meal before you go out is always a good idea.

"So that way there's food in your stomach to absorb the alcohol because if you're drinking on an empty stomach, it will it will have you know, it will not make you feel very well," Skinner said.

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