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Extra patrols out on New Year's Eve

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Tens of thousands of people will head out to parties or area bars to ring in 2014. But area law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols and looking for impaired drivers behind the wheel. Their goal is to ensure that everyone gets home safely. Because New Year's Eve is notorious for alcohol-related accidents, officials want to make sure that there are extra eyes out on the road.

13ABC's Amy Montgomery tagged along with Sergeant Robert Sellers for an inside look on how state troopers are keeping a watchful eye on drivers this holiday. He says that they "increase [their] patrols so [they'll] have extra troopers around northwest Ohio. [They'll] be extremely vigilant as far as enforcing the traffic laws."

Not only are police telling drivers to slow down, they also want drivers to have a plan if they plan on having a few drinks. Sergeant Sellers notes that "alcohol related crashes are 100% preventable. It comes down to people making a choice and if they choose not to drink and drive, we don't have to worry about any of those consequences." In 2013, state troopers arrested more than 2,300 people for impaired driving.

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