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Police Are Patrolling for Drunk Driving This New Year's Eve

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A flight is served at the Dewey Beer Company on Thursday afternoon (SOURCE: WBOC) A flight is served at the Dewey Beer Company on Thursday afternoon (SOURCE: WBOC)

DEWEY BEACH, Del. - For many, New Year's Eve is a holiday spent partying with friends and family. But this is also one of the biggest nights of the year for drunk driving, according to police. While many will enjoy the night off, police officers will be out on the roadways, making DUI arrests. 

Cpl. Gary Fournier said that DSP will be using a technique called "saturation patrols," in which they will put an abundance of police cars on the roadways, so as to deter people from driving drunk. The Dewey Beach Police Department will  be using a similar technique, according to Sgt. Cliff Dempsey. He said that they have called in additional part-time officers to help out with the busy holiday. 

"With the amount of public transportation that we have here in Dewey Beach," he said. "And in the resort area, you'd almost be a fool to get behind the wheel tonight. Number one for your own personal protection. And getting a DUI." 

At the Starboard, the balloons were out, and the drinks were pouring, as they prepared for the big night. That's because New Years Eve is one of the most heavily attended nights of their off-season. 

"There's lots of craziness," said Doug Moore from the Starboard. "We get a great crowd in here. Lots more locals. Lots of our summertime friends. We get a huge crowd. We sold out earlier than ever this year." 

There was a similar sentiment at Dewey Beer Company, where Michael Reilly was busy setting up on Thursday morning. 

"Dewey kinda blows up," he said. "So it should be a good night tonight... Crazy would be ok for us. It's a party, so let's enjoy it." 

Police officers are urging folks to leave the keys at home Thursday night, recommending using taxis instead. Ann Kemp, from Beach Ride Taxi, said that they have more taxis on the roadways than usual for the holiday. 

"The summer is always crazy," she said. "And New Years is probably just as crazy."

At the Dogfish Head Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, the large crowds had already gathered by mid-day. Heather Wendrow, an employee for Dogfish, had a clear message for people looking to head out for New Year's Eve. 

"Don't drink and drive," she said. "And just be safe. Have a good time, but don't drink and drive."

Christine Hastings, known affectionately as "Miss Jolly Trolley" was walking down the Avenue on Thursday afternoon, distributing fliers for the Jolly Trolley. Hastings, who is both an owner of the company and a long-time driver, said that driving drunk was not worth the risk. 

"New Year's Eve is a great celebration," she said. "You want to be safe though." 

The Jolly Trolley will pick you up an unlimited amount of times Thursday night for a cost of just $5.00. 

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