Officers Step Up Enforcement For New Year's Eve

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After the clock strikes 12, and the toasts have all been toasted, think twice before heading out to your car.

Local law enforcement officers will be out in force New Year's Eve to make sure holiday revelers make it home safely.

Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner said his department will have a few extra officers on duty, and will be patrolling neighborhoods and highways to watch for motorists who may have partaken of a few too many spirits.

"We don't usually have too much of a problem on New Year's Eve, but we don't want anyone taking chances," Gartner said.

For those partiers too potted to pilot their Pontiacs, the police department will also be offering free rides.

"Those requesting rides will be taken home in an unmarked van, driven by a non-police department employee," the chief said. "We're not out to give anyone a hard time, or to make a lot of arrests. We just want to make sure everyone has a safe holiday."

Folks needing a lift home can call the police department before 2 a.m. at 474-5177.

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