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Officers already planning for New Year's patrol

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When making your New Year's Eve plans, make sure you plan how you're going to get home.

"Well I live in Vermillion so basically, I have to find a sober ride or a friend because it's supposed to be pretty cold. But when I come to Sioux Falls, usually a cab or something like that." Said Carson Kennedy.

"Cabs are the way to go. Even if you have to wait for them, you should wait." Said Melissa Schmit.

Sioux Falls Police have already started their plan of action for Tuesday night.

"We'll increase the number of officers we have patrolling and on the streets by 20-25% over the normal staffing levels." Explained Sgt. Lon Hatcher.

He said officers' days-off are limited during the holidays to get the extra manpower.

Hatcher added the police get a much higher number of calls on New Year's Eve than on a normal day in January.

"Last New Year's Eve, over a 24 hour period, we handled nearly 500 incidents over that time period. So to handle that and to keep citizens safe you have to have the feet on the street." 

If he could give you one piece of advice for your New Year's, he wants everyone to drink in moderation and, most importantly, find a ride.

"If you've had anything to drink, remember that impaired driving is still impaired driving. You don't have to necessarily be over the .08 to be in impaired. If at all possible get a cab, get a friend to come get you, a designated driver, whichever way, don't get behind the wheel of a 2,000 to 4,000 pound weapon." Hatcher said.

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