Police plan to prowl for New Year’s Eve drunk drivers

Despite its reputation, New Year’s Eve isn’t a night when a lot of drunks get behind the wheel, says Red Deer City RCMP Cpl. Kathe DeHeer.

Despite its reputation, New Year’s Eve isn’t a night when a lot of drunks get behind the wheel, says Red Deer City RCMP Cpl. Kathe DeHeer.

But police will still be on alert for impaired drivers — both officers on regular patrol and those working at Check Stops in the city.

“New Year’s Eve is one of those nights when you’d expect a lot more impaired drivers. I think because most of the activities surrounding New Year’s Eve do involve drinking that people do tend to plan a little bit more ahead than they would other nights,” DeHeer said on Thursday.

“We do see a lot of people taking taxis and having designated drivers.”

DeHeer said police will hopefully pick up the others who choose to drink and drive.

Police also anticipate noise complaints from house parties, and fights and disputes that can erupt when people drink, she said.

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