OLATHE, Kan. -- As many in the metro get ready to ring in the New Year, police officers are getting ready to make sure the roads are safe.
The Olathe police department is conducting "saturation patrols" Thursday night to deter drinking and driving.
Additional officers will be out thanks to a grant by K-DOT, and they will be looking for intoxicated drivers.
Officers know they have a busy night ahead and are preparing to drop the hammer on anyone who decides to celebrate a little too much when the balls drops and then decides to drive.
“Just be safe,” police captain Brad Robbins said. “You don't want to start the new year in jail, or even worse, in a hospital. You want to enjoy the start of the new year with friends, but do it responsibly. Have a designated driver. Take advantage of Uber, take advantage of one of the different cab companies.”
According to statistics from M.A.D.D., NYE ranks second for drunk driving fatalities. Thanksgiving ranks first.