HOLDEN – A number of local police departments are stepping up patrols on New Year’s Eve, including officers with the Holden Police Department.
“My guys are going to be all over town, they’re going to be all over the place,” says Police Chief Chris Greeley, who says the department will double its patrol coverage on New Year’s Eve.
“In general, we’ve seen a doubling of OUIs in 2018 compared to 2017,” he says.
Although the number of OUI summonses handed out by Holden police officers has doubled, Greeley says the department typically does not see an increase in the number of offenses on New Year’s Eve.
“People are smart enough to realize that police departments are going to be out in force,” he says.
Greeley says the department does not plan to have any checkpoints out along U.S. Route 1A but offers tips for those celebrating.
“You know, it’s New Year’s Eve. People are going to be partying and that’s great. “We’re fully in support of having a good time and celebrating the new year, but have a designated driver, call a taxi, call Uber, call Lyft, but just don’t be the one driving if you are going to be imbibing,” he says.