Monday, December 30, 2002
Steamboat Springs People should think twice about driving home if they plan on celebrating the beginning of 2003 with alcohol. Local police are out in full force tonight to prevent any New Year's Eve mishaps.
"They can expect it," Routt County Sheriff John Warner said.
Warner said his deputies are working overtime to ensure the safety of motorists.
"I have a lot of people scheduled for New Year's," he said.
Motorists can also expect DUI checkpoints.
The Colorado State Patrol will keep a watchful eye on motorists coming to and from their social engagements throughout the evening.
"We are making sure that people are safe on the roads," Trooper Ryan Parker said.
The number of DUI arrests on New Year's Eve varies from year to year, he said, but it doesn't affect the State Patrol's coverage.
"We are going to be out in full force," he said.
Police recommend handing over the keys to a designated driver or calling a cab.
Alpine Taxi manager and driver Amy Weeks said 20 to 25 drivers are working this evening to meet the heavy demand for rides home.
"It definitely gets very crazy," she said.