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Patrols step up enforcement for New Year's Eve

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It's a night where millions of people across the world will reminisce on the past year and look forward to new beginnings in 2013. But, as people ring in the new year at local restaurants, some could be ringing in 2013 behind bars as New Year's Eve is one of the biggest nights for DUIs.

"Obviously midnight is when New Year's strikes so after that as everything starts winding down, people start heading home is when you might anticipate, if there's a problem, that's when it'll occur," said Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer.

New Year's Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year and Sheriff Fischer says his deputies will be out, some of them targeting drunk drivers.

"If the numbers of calls are getting backed up then our supervisor would let someone know and then we would try and get other people out to assist those guys on the road," said Sheriff Fischer.

Monday morning's snow could complicate matters. The bad weather has both law enforcement and local bars worried.

Sheriff Fischer said, "Today, with the snow, with the roads, obviously even more of a stronger emphasis on a designated driver."

In fact, Robert Parsons with Kutter's Bar and Grill, says he's expecting the winter weather to affect his bottom line.

"I don't think we're going to have a whole lot of people," said Parsons.

Other Quincy bar owners say they feel the same way. And, some even say they're treating New Year's Eve day like any other Monday.

But if you do choose to venture out tonight, "Hopefully, people are just safe, that's all we want. We just want to make sure if they do celebrate new year, do it wisely and get home safe," said Sheriff Fischer.

If you do think someone is driving drunk, you're asked to call police and report their license plate number and the direction they're traveling.

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