New Year's Eve may be a time for partying, but those who have too many toasts for "Auld Lang Syne" may have little to celebrate as 2011 dawns.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the area will be increasing drunken driving enforcement efforts throughout the weekend.
The Dallas County Sheriff's Department and other agencies will have additional patrols on the roads today through Sunday morning. "And we'll be concentrating on a broader area," Deputy Deborah Bell said.
Many agencies also will be participating in the state's "no refusal" initiative to take blood samples from suspected drunken drivers who refuse sobriety tests
Garland and Plano police departments started stepping up DWI enforcement efforts on Dec. 21 and will continue through Saturday.
The Texas Highway Patrol will have extra state troopers in high-risk locations during the hours when alcohol-related crashes are most likely to occur.
"We recommend that you designate a sober driver if you're planning to consume any alcohol. Even one alcoholic beverage, under the right conditions, can seriously impair your driving – and the safety of those around you," said David Baker, assistant director for the Texas Highway Patrol. "The holidays are no time to spend in jail, but we will arrest any driver who is impaired."
Last year on New Year's Eve, state troopers arrested 502 drivers for DWI and issued 12,697 speeding tickets.
Drunken driving isn't the only danger posed on New Year's Eve.
The Dallas Police Department is urging residents to lock up weapons and call 911 about revelers firing shots into the air to celebrate the holiday.
The department receives more random gunfire complaints on New Year's Eve than any other day of the year.
In Deep Ellum last year, a 20-year-old woman was struck in the left shoulder by a stray bullet shortly after the new year began.