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New Year's Eve DUI numbers down in the Tri-States

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Despite responding to other calls on New Year's Eve, police officials said it was a quiet night here in the Tri-States for DUI arrests on New Year's Eve.

In fact, Hannibal police report just one DUI arrest from last night, and no DUI arrests were made in all of Adams County.

Law enforcement and business owners think efforts urging people to be safe is paying off.

"The message has been put out there through social media and the media itself," Sergeant Dale Holt of the Adams County Sheriff's Office said. "Law enforcement officials have been working hard on trying to detect impaired drivers and trying to get them off the road. "

Holt said the numbers have been on a decline for the last several years. Last year, they only handed out one DUI during a snowy New Year's Eve.

Gabriel McClean of The Abbey in Quincy said he thinks people know about the severe penalties of a DUI and they don't want to take any chances.
"I know a lot of guys that go out or girls in groups and I always see one of them not drinking and is the designated driver," McClean said. "I think they take turns being the designated driver which works out really well."

Holts said although they didn't have any road safety checks last night, deputies were out looking for impaired drivers.

He said he thinks people's attitudes about drinking and driving have changed over the years.

"I think they're realizing that it just isn't worth it anymore and they're taking steps for themselves to do the right thing," Holt said.

While the Quincy Police Department didn't issue any DUI's, officers did hand out 6 seat belt tickets last night as part of ramped up efforts for enforcement.

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