Police: Winter weather and NYE holiday a recipe for disaster for drivers


With even colder weather coming, the treatments that road crews use to keep the roads safe are not effective

With New Year's Eve celebrations Sunday, police are warning drivers not to add alcohol into the mix.

Last year in St. Joseph County, there were a total of 70 crashes reported over the New Year's holiday. There were also 10 people arrested for DUI.

But there were no fatalities and police want to make sure it stays that way.

St. Joseph County has a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice institute to pay officers overtime over the New Year's Eve weekend.

Seven different police departments are involved in the effort. The extra patrols started Friday night at 6 p.m. and go until 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police officers are worried how the weather will impact the already busy weekend.

"The concern is one, that we still have too many drivers driving too fast for weather conditions. When we have a holiday like this coming up, we have to be concerned about the drinking and the driving. With the weather the weather added to that, that's a recipe for disaster,” said Lt. Tim Williams with the Mishawaka Police Department.

Lt. Williams says he looks for things like driving too fast for conditions and not wearing a seatbelt to try and spot drunk drivers.

WSBT 22’s Cassidy Williams will have more on how police plan on keeping the roads safe coming up on WSBT 22 News at 10 and 11.

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