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DUI's on New Year's Eve

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- With the arrival of the New Year many people will be saying good-bye to 2007 with big celebrations. Washington State Patrol wants to make sure everyone stays safe.

One of biggest concerns on New Year's Eve is drunk driving. Police officers will be offering rides for those who have had too much to drink or there's always the option of calling a taxi if you need to.

State troopers say it seems people have been take advantage of these things.

"The word is out there that if you drink and drive you're going to get caught and people are making smarter decisions as a result of that," said Brian Bond, Washington State Patrol Trooper.

Even though several people were stopped on the road, Monday evening stayed pretty quiet with no DUI arrests as of 11:00 p.m. But for troopers the night was far from being over.

They say most of their calls usually come after midnight rolls around and when the bars start closing. They hope to see no major problems if people continue making smart decisions, so no one is at risk.