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Q: Will there be extra patrols on the roads during the New Year's holiday to stop drunk drivers?

A: The Payson Police Department, the Gila County Sheriff's Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety all plan to have extra patrols on the streets.

Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said he expects four extra officers will be scouting for DUI drivers in town limits. DPS also will have four additional officers on patrol. DPS, along with Gila County Sheriff's Deputies, will be working areas outside of the city limits.

A person is considered legally drunk when their blood-alcohol level is .08 percent, but Engler said it is still possible to be charged with a DUI even if you are under the legal limit.

The Payson Police Department is providing transportation for people who are too impaired to drive home, Engler said.

To request a free ride home, call the Payson Police Department non-emergency number (928) 474-5177.

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