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Impaired drivers on the road on New Year's Eve

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - After the countdown tonight, some party-goers will be hitting the roads, but like years past, many of them won't be in the condition to get behind the wheel.

"You have to remember that impairment starts with that first drink. a lot of people these day thinks buzzed driving is ok, but it's not," says Captain Dale Chelette of Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.

Captain Chelette says impaired drivers runs the risk of getting a DWI, which could cost them a lot more than a sober cab ride home.

"You have to post bond, that's a lot of money there, then there are court fees, court fines. You could get up to $300 of a fine to $1,000," says Chelette.

That's just for a first offense. Fines can grow larger with each DWI and more than the cost of the ticket, comes the cost of another life one group of ladies is ready to ring in the new year, with a designated driver.

"For my three friends in the car, they want to have a good time tonight and I'm worried about their safety," says Kathy Couch.

Kathy Couch says it's her first time as a designated driver, but she knows how important it is. If you don't have a DD, the Sheriff's Office is offering you a ride in a "safety cab." Rides are available until 3 am and will only take you home. The number to call for a ride is 318-322-3113.

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