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Police prepare for busy night

— Police across the state and in Steamboat Springs are preparing for a busy end to 2015.

Thursday night on New Year’s Eve, the Steamboat Springs Police Department will have six officers on duty. There is also a slot for an additional officer to work specifically on identifying impaired drivers.

Sgt. Rich Brown said all the officers working will be focusing on impaired drivers.

Brown said members of the public know police are keeping a closer eye on drivers, and people generally are good about planning alternative transportation. Many take advantage of the expanded New Year’s Eve bus service.

Brown said New Year’s Eve is usually a busy night for police with alcohol-related calls like bar fights and domestic issues.

“For the most part, I think people are happy to be out celebrating,” Brown said.

Colorado’s The Heat Is On DUI enforcement period started Wednesday and runs through Jan. 4.

The campaign uses grant dollars to get additional Colorado State Patrol troopers and local law enforcement officers on the streets.

During the 2014 New Year’s DUI enforcement period, 329 drivers were arrested for DUI in the state. Colorado State Patrol had 50 arrests, the Aurora Police Department had 49 arrests and Denver Police had 47.

Last year, there was only one arrest in Routt County for DUI.

The Colorado Department of Transportation offers these tips to help prevent drunk driving for those hosting holiday parties.

— Have plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages available.

— Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before the end of the party.

— Use smaller serving cups to keep alcoholic beverages to the appropriate size.

— Plan activities and games that do not involve alcohol to reduce consumption.

— Don’t be afraid to take someone’s keys if they’ve had too much to drink.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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