Extra patrols set for New Year's Eve

CREATED Dec. 30, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec. 30, 2012

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GLENDALE - Highways like I-43 will have extra patrols starting New Year's Eve.

Milwaukee Police say they're only looking to prevent a tragedy on the roads.

"Wanna make sure we don't have people making bad decisions out there," Waukesha County Sheriff's Deptartment Captain Charles Wood says.

Wood says those choices all too often end in tragedy when people choose to drink and drive.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is one of several taking part in a New Year's Eve Drunk Driving Task Force.

"We'll be looking for the indicators that suggest someone may have been drinking and driving," Wood says.

It's not just the public in danger. An alleged drunk driver hit a Milwaukee County Sheriff's squad Saturday.

"We were reminded in Waukesha County about a month ago when a drunk driver, an underage drunk driver struck one of our squad cars," Wood says.

It's these types of crashes that have Andy Berg ditching the bar scene to stay with friends this New Year's Eve.

"It's not worth it, not worth it at all," Berg says. "It causes lots of heartache when theres accidents and legal problems when people get pulled over."

For those that get behind the wheel after just a couple drinks, authorities have a message for you.

"A couple is a couple too many," Wood says. "Don't drink and drive."