Nixa Police increase patrols ahead of New Year’s Eve

Before you toast goodbye to 2021, make sure you have a sober driver as you head into 2022.
Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 7:45 AM CST
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NIXA, Mo. (KY3) - Before you toast goodbye to 2021, make sure you have a sober driver as you head into 2022. The Nixa Police Department wants everyone to get home safe. That’s why they’re adding more patrols out on the roads New Year’s Eve.

“We’re looking for vehicles that are swerving a lot, driving really slow or having trouble staying in their lane,” said Sergeant Robert Seiner.

Sgt. Seiner said just one drink can put someone over the legal limit.

“They felt fine but what they’re not realizing is the alcohol consumption is making them not properly judge themselves and what their responses are and they’re truly impaired.”

He said to call a sober driver or you’ll be seeing flashing lights in your rearview mirror and a knock on your window.

“That small amount for that ride isn’t even a comparison to what it will take to fight a DWI case.”

Seiner said the added patrols are being paid for through a MODOT grant. In 2020, the department had 82 DWI arrests and so far in 2021, they’re at 125 arrests. He said Nixa Police amended procedures and training when it comes to DWI arrests in the last year.

Springfield Police Department will also have extra-duty officers working. SPD had a total of 636 DWI last year. This year there’s been 518 as of November.

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