Many will be celebrating the coming of the New Year this weekend. However, according to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, that means an increased potential for DUIs.
"Just like in previous years, we will have extra patrols out, watching for potential DUIs and trying to keep everyone safe," he said.
Heaton explained this year has the potential for an increase in drinking and driving.
"With the mild weather, the potential is up compared to when we have really bad weather," he said. "When weather is fair, people get out more, so the potential for DUIs increases."
Heaton said he understands that people will celebrate by drinking, but asked that community members be responsible when doing so.
"There's nothing wrong with celebrating the New Year -- drinking or not drinking -- but if they drink, they need to get a designated driver to take them home or make arrangements to stay where they are."
"I hope everyone enjoys themselves and has a great New Year," Heaton continued. "I hope they stay safe. If they need a ride, I hope they call somebody instead of taking that chance.