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Saturation patrols and extra officers on the lookout for impaired drivers on New Year’s Eve

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – On New Year’s Eve police officers will be on the lookout for potential drunk drivers. Many police departments around the area are doing saturation patrols, meaning they`ll have extra officers making sure everyone stays safe on the roads.

They’re also asking the public to have their eyes open, looking out for potentially impaired drivers.

Things they look for are obviously people swerving in their lane, but also people who have a hard time maintaining a steady speed.

Also, a good indicator can be anyone who sits at a light for several seconds after it turns green.

The goal is stop drunk drivers before they cause a crash, but the officer FOX 4’s Dave D’Marko rode along with said he`s responded to way too many accidents caused by drunk drivers.

“It`s frustrating because you realize it could be one of your loved ones, it could be your brother, mother, your wife, your kid it could be them in the car that got hurt,” said Officer Nick Berkland with the Overland Park Police Department.

Officers are also on the lookout for people setting off fireworks, which are illegal in Overland Park and many other cities. They also expect to respond to their fair share of fights.

As it relates to driving, police say the bottom line is to designate a driver before popping any champagne.