FARGO — The Minnesota and North Dakota Highway Patrol plan extra patrols during New Year's Eve to encourage the public to make smart decisions while celebrating or consuming alcohol.
Both highway patrols say there is an increased risk of "drunk drivers" on New Year's Eve.
The Minnesota Highway Patrol averages 400 DWIs charges during tonight's holiday, while the North Dakota Highway Patrol filed 7 charges statewide.
But West Fargo Police Department said their officers usually cite more drunk drivers on a "regular Friday night, than New Year's Eve."
"Have a sober driver, Uber or Lyft, " said West Fargo Police Assistant Chief, Jerry Boyer. "Other types of private cabs are (also) out there to make it a safe ride home so you don't start the year out with an arrest."
Boyer said fewer people are driving drunk during the New Year's holiday because they're planning on using a ride-hailing service like Uber or Lyft, a local cab service or a designated driver to travel to popular bars or restaurants.