Tecumseh Police Chief Gary Crosby said while many revelers will be out tonight to ring in 2014, area law enforcement also will be a strong presence in hopes of keeping the roadways a bit safer.
“We’ll have road checks at different places around town,” Crosby said, as officers watch for drunk drivers and those being unsafe.
While there were a few driving under the influence arrests made during the last New Year’s holiday in Tecumseh, Crosby said officers also noticed more people were being responsible with having designated drivers, a trend he hopes to see continue tonight.
“This is what we’re working toward,” he said, adding the extra presence of law enforcement itself is beginning to payoff.
“People know we are going to be out — that, in itself, is a deterrent,” the chief said. “People are listening.”
And for those who are out and about and not consuming alcohol, Crosby said those drivers still need to keep in mind that others may drink and drive.
“It happens ever year — just be mindful,” he said. And for those who even think about drinking and driving tonight, Crosby has some words of advice: don’t.
“You don’t want to spend the New Year in jail,” Crosby said. “Use common sense.”
Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said deputies will be out on patrols and working with other agencies for enforcement, including impromptu checkpoints as needed.
Shawnee police also are expected to be on in full force.
Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said no officers will be on days off during the evening or midnight shifts, so those, and other extra officers, will be working those shifts.
He reminds drivers to “please have a designated driver and buckle up.”
For those who have too much to drink and need a ride home with their vehicle, Tipsy Tow offers a confidential local ride within a 15-mile radius from the point of pick up by calling 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357).