There are a number of issues police are preparing for on New Years Eve.

One issue which the police are preparing for is an increased risk of people drinking and driving.

According to Corporal Tom Woodall of the Peace Region Traffic Services, there has not been a significant increase in the number of people caught drinking and driving during the holiday season this year. Regardless, Woodall says police are aware that nights like New Years Eve pose a much higher risk for people who consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of their cars.

As a result, the Fort St. John RCMP and city traffic members will be patrolling the roads in and around Fort St. John in an attempt to reduce impaired driving.

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There are many ways in which one can avoid driving while intoxicated. One important aspect to avoid being caught in this situation is preparation. Woodall suggests planning for a ride home before the night begins, either with a taxi service, or a sober family member or friend as a designated driver.

Woodall says a common misconception is that a designated driver is a person who has had the least amount to drink. However, he says the designation should be given to a person who remains sober throughout the night.

RCMP will begin their shift relatively early Friday, starting at around 5 p.m. and will be patrolling the streets continuously throughout the evening until Saturday morning.