The Overland Park Police Department will have an increased number of traffic patrol officers on the streets on New Year’s Eve.
To ensure the safety of all motorists, officers will be conducting a “saturation patrol” with the desire to reduce alcohol-related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving within the city.
The patrol begins at 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, and continues to at least 3 a.m.
Through November of this year, 884 tickets have been issued to drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while operating a vehicle.
A court fine for driving under the influence may cost about $500. However, that single ticket may be more costly because of other non-city associated expenses including hiring an attorney, possibility of lost wages, treatment costs and increased automobile insurance due to high-risk issues.
Overland Park Municipal Court officials have estimated the expenses can be as high as $10,000.
Be smart on New Year’s Eve: Don’t drink and drive. If you must drink, designate someone to drive who will not be consuming alcohol or drugs.