Utica, N.Y. - Oneida County Shriff Robert Maciol says he's concerned that people may get behind the wheel tonight when they shouldn't, "Christmas on a Monday, Christmas Eve on a Sunday, most people from out of town are going to be in town on Saturday, which means they’re going to be looking for something to on Saturday night, so we want to make sure that people just use common sense."
Maciol says the days leading up to the holidays are well know to be big party days, and he is urging everyone to do their part to help keep everyone safe, especially if you are hosting a party, even if it's just for family members, "Have alternative drinks at your party, non-alcoholic drinks. If someone did have a few drinks, make sure, it’s your responsibility to make sure they have a designated driver. Have an extra room in the house maybe where they can crash for the night, or make sure they have a plan. If somebody leaves your party and they’re intoxicated and they get into an accident or they hurt someone else, that’s going to come back on the person that’s hosting that party."
Maciol says every law enforcement agency will be out in full force tonight to help keep people safe, "In addition to our regular patrols, we have dedicated DWI patrol‘s that are out there in stealth-like vehicles to look for people who are impaired. We have hotspots that we watch, I’m certainly not going to let everyone know what they are, we know what they are."