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NHP, Metro police step up DUI enforcement for NYE

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Both the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol said few officers have the night off this New Year's Eve.

Meanwhile, one business, Designated Drivers Inc., is busy making sure people will get home safe.

"We'll have probably another 300 phone calls requesting rides who didn't make reservations," said Billie Smith, CEO of Designated Drivers.

Designated Drivers sends a car with two chauffeurs, one to drive the vehicle of someone who's had too many celebration drinks and the other to follow.

"As long as everybody in your vehicle can fit in there safely, seatbelts and have room for our driver, we'll drive you home in your car," said Smith.

The service used to be free on busy nights like New Year's Eve.

But due to a lack of funding, for the first time in over 10 years, Designated Drivers is charging a $100 flat rate fee.

"More and more people utilize the services, and as the funding dwindled each year, now we're at a position where we can't afford to give away the free rides," Smith said.

Those who drink and don't spend the money to get home safe aren't likely to get far.

NHP will have 30 extra troopers on duty New Year's Eve.

Metro police will also have extra saturation patrols.

"We've got cops throughout the neighborhoods, we've got cops throughout the city, all law enforcement, this is a cooperative effort. Everyone is pretty much in an all hands on deck capacity tonight," said Metro spokesman Bill Cassell.

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