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Police Officers patrolling on New Year's Eve

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On one of the biggest party nights of the year, Officers were out in full force to make sure it was a safe night of celebration.

"Measured enforcement, like a saturation patrol, has actually been shown to increase citizen safety and driver safety. It reduces DWIs and it reduces crashes and it has other benefits, even helping with insurance costs by living in a safer city." Sioux Falls Police Sgt. Tom Ward said.

But even with the deterrence of so many Officers, some party-goers still chose to drink and drive, endangering themselves and others.

"I think that shows how serious of a problem that is and how easy it is to get away from someone when they think they've only had a couple but its more than they think." Sgt. Ward said.

Sioux Falls Police made plenty of arrests for drunk driving over the New Year's Eve holiday.

But Officers were also busy making sure everyone walking the streets were able to make it home safely.

"These are trained and experienced Police Officers and they are not just out to write tickets or apprehend drunk drivers. Anything that they see that can help a citizen that may be too inebriated to be out safely or not dressed for the weather there still going to do their police work and do their job."

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