Police DUII saturation force to patrol New Year's Eve

Ashland police will set up a drunken driving saturation force on New Year's Eve and increase patrols throughout the city to help keep revelers safe.

"We'll have increased patrols downtown, including foot patrols, and a DUII saturation force, so we're going to have a large presence," said Sgt. Hector Meletich with the Ashland Police Department.

Police expect as many as 2,000 people will pack the downtown plaza in the minutes before midnight to count down to the New Year. After midnight, the crowd usually disperses.

"There's going to be a lot of people out there having a good time and we just want to keep them having a good time," Meletich said.

The department doesn't plan to set up drunken driving checkpoints, but will have more officers looking for drunken drivers as part of the driving under the influence of intoxicants saturation force, he said.

"We want people to have a good time," he said, "as long as they do it responsibly."

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.

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