Patrolling on New Year's Eve

Published 12/31 2013 10:12PM

Updated 12/31 2013 10:20PM

The last day of the year also happens to be one of the busiest for police.
But have you ever wondered what it's like to work New Year's Eve patrolling?

Well WCIA-3's Gary Brode had a chance to spend some time in a squad car today.

While some of us may be out celebrating the dawn of a new year, police are working to keep us safe.

I was curious to know what it's like to patrol on New Year's Eve, so I hopped in the front seat of a cop car to ride along with a deputy sheriff.

As soon as officer Jason Moore steps into his car he's off to a fast start.

"Hey, hey, hey, what's going on?"

Working as a paramedic and then officer for the last 13 years - Moore is no stranger to bringing in the new year in uniform.

"I like working weekends and holidays. New Year's Eve," Moore says, "It's the same things that happen every night, it's just amplified.

His shift may end before the ball drops tonight but that doesn't mean his time patrolling will lack any excitement.

On New Year's Eve. It can be anytime you know where's you never know what time parties gonna start. you take off work today gonna start drinking early so gonna head home early so any point I mean you can run into one.

Moore says police are looking to pull over more people tonight, to deter intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Just any violation that you see. Tail light out, headlight out uh not using your turn signal. People talking on cell phones. That's going to start where we are going to have to start enforcing that. Right now texting while driving. Yeah basically just any car that comes by i just check it out make sure drive appropriately run a lot of license plates.

Doing his part to keep the roads safe is a job officer Moore takes very seriously.

"drunk drivers kill people. There's no question about that you can't argue with that fact. You need to get them off the road. We don't do it ruin peoples lives we don't do it to cost them a lot of money with you it's not it's not personal but drivers kill people may have got you have to get them off the road no questions asked. "

In years past, officer Moore says most of his calls are alcohol related.

Something for everyone to be aware of. Cops will be on the lookout for drivers using cell phones tonight at midnight, which is when the new law will go into effect.

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