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Law enforcement reports minimal DUI arrests for New Year's Eve

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

New Year's Eve is notoriously one of the biggest party nights of the year, and one of the biggest nights for drunk drivers to get behind the wheel.

But even with extra law enforcement out through the night and into the morning, it looks like party goers decided to take the safe route home.

"All in all, it was a relatively quiet night for the Sheriff's Office," said Sergeant Dale Holt with the Adams County Sheriff's Department.

Holt says deputies made only one DUI arrest, and that didn't happen until 7 a.m. New Year's Day.

Quincy police reported no DUI arrests. 

"I think the numbers are on a decline," said Holt. "I think that's got a lot to do with the message that we're getting out there to people, and the fear. I think they're realizing that you know what, it's just not worth it anymore."

Stan Whelan, co-owner of O'Sheas Bar and Grill in Quincy says despite the winter weather, they had close to 100 people show up.

"In the afternoon it was pretty slow, during the snow," he said.  "But last night we got very, very busy."

And for the most part, Whelan says everyone was pretty well-behaved.

"Most of the people here last night had a designated driver," he said.

Holt thinks people stepping up against drunk driving is one of the reasons they're seeing less of it.

"I'd just like to give the public credit. I think they've come a long way, and I think they're trying, more now than ever, to do the right thing."

Holt says he thinks another reason for the decrease in DUI arrests is simply the cost.
He says with lawyer fees, counseling, and other expenses, it could cost you upwards of $10,000, just for your first offense. He thinks that dollar amount is catching people's attention.

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