JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - New Years Eve is one of the busiest nights for officers. Police want to let people know that they will be keeping a close watch on drivers.
"Most of the time we don't see a real big problem in this area, but we are there and we're going to be on constant watch if someone is acting up and causing a problem," said Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd.
It's not just the Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Boyd said it's a team effort from all law enforcement agencies in the area.
"Law enforcement in general is going to have an increase in patrol to keep the roads safe," said Boyd. "We all work together."
While drinking in the New Year is a common tradition, officers are urging party goers not to drink and drive.
"A DWI is a very serious offense," said Boyd. "You're looking at losing your driver's license for an extended amount of time and jail time. One thing a lot of people don't understand about a DWI, is you're going to be paying for that for a very long time because of insurance rates."
Sheriff Boyd said your first DWI offense could cost up to more than $3,000. Most importantly, driving drunk can cost your life, or the life of someone else.
"Have a designated driver, use a taxi cab service or call friends or family," said Boyd. "Do not drink and drive!"
Here is a list of cab numbers in the area.
Arkansas Yellow Cab (870) 268-2222
City Cab Company (870) 972-9722
Paragould Cab Company (870) 236-1153
City Cab (870) 780-6692
Dunklin County Cab (573) 888-2323