Extra State Patrols for New Year’s Eve

osp nyeCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Following a safe Christmas holiday on the roads, Oregon State Police will have extra patrols on hand to catch drunk drivers Tuesday night. OSP said New Year’s Eve is typically one of their busiest nights of the year.

Last year, about 40 percent of OSP’s drunk driving arrests happened after midnight on January first.

Troopers said the understand people will be heading to parties to ring in the new year, but they recommend planning ahead.

“Having a licensed driver come pick you up, staying at the place you’re at, if you’re at the neighbors, walking home, getting a cab,” said OSP senior trooper Bill Matson. “There’s a myriad of pre-planning things you can take responsibility for.”

Last year OSP brought in the Mobile DUII van to process the number of drunk drivers, but this year the van is in another part of the state.