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Deputies watching out for impaired drivers on New Year's Eve

Posted: December 31, 2014 - 12:16am

Columbia County motorists should expect to see a few more deputies on the roads on New Year’s Eve.

Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker said members of the Crime Suppression team will join beat and traffic deputies performing concentrated patrols and house watches as well as responding to calls and keeping sharp eyes out for intoxicated drivers.

“The deputies that will be there, they’ll be paying special attention to drivers, more attentive to drivers,” Whitaker said.

“We’ll be keeping our eyes out for possible intoxicated drivers.”

Whitaker said drivers should consider the consequences of drinking before they get on the highway because a DUI charge can carry jail time, high fines and the loss of your drivers license.

“It’s a real serious offense for them to get caught for,” Whitaker said.

In addition to impaired drivers, deputies will also be on the lookout for motorists driving too fast, not wearing seatbelts and other traffic offenses.

Those celebrating New Year’s Eve away from home are encouraged to plan safe transportation for the evening.

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