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Local Drivers Worry About Roads on New Year's Eve


DENISON, TX -- New Year's Eve is just around the corner, and many local drivers say they take great caution during this time of year. Several Texomans said that of all the holidays during the year, they are most concerned about the roads during New Years. They said what they worry about most is encountering drivers who haven't enjoyed the holidays responsibly.

"We all know that nothing good happens after 1 o'clock in the morning," said local resident David Lowe.

With end-of-the-year parties in full swing, locals said drunk driving is a pertinent issue.

Rebekah Bond said: "We typically do not go out on New Years Eve because of the concern of drinking and driving, so we stay in. If we happen to go out, we make it an early evening."

Lowe said, "I think people feel invulnerable, and many people are repeat offenders in terms of DUI."

Many people aren't just opting to stay home, they're also advising their loved ones to do the same.

"I am particularly  motherly on New Years Eve," said Bond, "and remind them that it's not safe out there."

Truck driver Jeff Tarvis said, "Our company even tells us, get off the roads by 5 o'clock."

After speaking with several people who said they were concerned about the roads around New Years, KTEN went to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and its representatives said during they holiday season, they amp up security.

Trooper Mark Tackett said: "We're out looking for people who are drunk driving, speeding, not wearing their seatbelts, or committing any kind of unsafe violation that may affect the other motorists around them."

Tackett said he usually sees an increase in negligent driving this time of year, and adds that his agency was able to put a stop to thousands of offenders in 2012.

"We were able to arrest over 2,100 people for DWI, we had over 17,000 people stopped for speeding and just a little bit over 2,000 stopped for seatbelt violations," said Tackett.

Tackett says his department encourages people to go out and have fun bringing in the new year, but asks people to wear their seatbelts, obey the speed limit, and not to get behind the wheel after drinking. KTEN reached out to OHP to see how they plan to crack down on negligent driving and have yet to hear back.