Police keeping eyes out for drunk drivers over New Year’s weekend


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RAPID CITY, S.D.– For those heading out this weekend to enjoy the New Year’s festivities, the Rapid City Police Department is asking partygoers to make responsible decisions. Police said they realize alcohol and New Year’s go hand and hand, for that reason officers will be watching for impaired drivers. The department says with so many options to get home safely like taxis, ride-share services, and even limousines there is no reason to get behind the wheel intoxicated.

RCPD Community Relations Specialist Brendyn Medina says, “If you’re having that mental conversation, like, am I okay to drive? You probably aren’t. And so it’s best to err on the side of caution. Make that quick call or jump on the phone and jump into the app just to request a ride. Honestly, it’ll be better for everyone in the long run.”

Another reason not to take a chance on drunk driving is RCPD’s no-tolerance policy. That means if you’re caught driving over the limit you will be arrested for DUI and go to jail that night.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety also plans to hold sobriety checkpoints in fifteen different counties during the month of January. The monthly checkpoints are designed to encourage people not to drink and drive. The South Dakota Highway Patrol along with local law enforcement will conduct checkpoints in the following counties; Brown, Brule, Butte, Clay, Davison, Day, Fall River, Jones, Lake, Lawrence, Meade, Minnehaha, Spink, Stanley, and Walworth. The checkpoints are funded by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety, both the Office of Highway Safety and Highway Patrol are agencies of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

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