Local law enforcement preparing for extra patrols on New Year's Eve

ROANOKE, Va. – Highway patrols will be out in full force to clear roads of drunk drivers during the rest of the holiday season. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than a third of all traffic deaths during last year's New Year's holiday involved drunk drivers. In Virginia, 248 people lost their lives as a result of drinking-related incidents in 2017.

Local and state police are preparing for extra patrols beginning Monday evening and lasting through the night. Police will be out on the major roads, like I-581 and I-81, as well as side and neighborhood roads.

"In past years, there have been a high number of DUIs, especially around the holidays, like Christmas and New Year's Eve, and we hope to do something about that," said Sgt. Rob McNiff, with the Roanoke Police Department Traffic Safety Team. 

Roanoke City Police will also have extra officers downtown Monday night for the New Year's Eve celebrations.