(KODE) — Holiday parties are coming up, and local law enforcement agencies are reminding everyone to stay safe and plan ahead.
Law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for distracted driving, but specifically driving while intoxicated. The holidays are here, and that means lots of fun, like socializing and parties. But where alcohol is involved, officers say it’s necessary to plan ahead and stay safe.
“The Highway Patrol has no problem with people that plan to use alcohol while they’re celebrating, but the problem that we have is when you plan to use alcohol then get behind the wheel,” says Sgt. John Lueckenhoff, MO State Highway Patrol.
“A little bit of planning ahead will go a long way to make sure that you don’t endanger yourself or others by drinking and driving,” says Capt. Trevor Duncan, Joplin Police Department.
Starting friday, several law enforcement agencies are increasing patrol for impaired driving during the holidays.
“We’re always looking for impaired drivers typically this time of year with Christmas parties, family get-togethers, things of that nature. We see increased impaired driving,” says Capt. Trevor Duncan.
Joplin PD will use saturation patrol— adding extra officers to make sure the roads are safe.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will begin “Operation Care.”
“We’re going to have extra troopers out on the road, we’re going to have more saturations planned, more troopers targeting those alcohol related incidents,” says Sgt. John Lueckenhoff.
And while the holidays are a time of fun and laughter, the law enforecment agencies just ask that people plan ahead.
“We just ask that you have a designated driver, you use one of the transportation services in your area whether that be a taxi cab, a bus, Uber, whatever the case may be,” says Sgt. John Lueckenhoff.
The increase in patrol will last into the new year, so drivers need to have caution and like they said, plan ahead.