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Law enforcement beefing up patrols, checkpoints for Thanksgiving Eve

By HILARY LANE

The night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest party nights of the year, and that's why local law enforcement agencies are beefing up security to make sure the roads stay safe.

With many people home from college or visiting family members in the area, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office says bars become very crowded and DWI arrests spike.

On Wednesday night, be prepared for various police check points across the region and an even larger police presence around bars.

"If you are going to go out and have a good time, that is great," said Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol. "Please, if someone is in a position where they have had too much to drink, call for a ride, call for a taxi. Don't put yourself in a position where you are going to get arrested."

Sheriff Maciol says there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving.

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