Extra police patrols will be out on the Hays streets as the year closes in an effort to keep the number of drunk drivers off the road.
The Hays Police Department’s saturation patrol will be from 11 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.
“It’s based off a grant program, and officers will be working an overtime shift between 11 and 3 in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road,” Lt. Tim Greenwood said.
Greenwood said those planning on going out to celebrate the new year should plan ahead to get home safely.
“Designate that driver early on. Don’t wait until the last minute and wait to figure out who drank the least amount. Get a sober driver up front,” he said.
“We encourage people to make use of family and friends. If they do go out and overindulge, don’t be afraid to call a friend, call a cab, call Safe Ride, but just don’t get behind the wheel. It’s just not worth it,” he said.
Several options are available for those needing to arrange transportation:
• Safe Ride, a collaborated service from the city of Hays, Fort Hays State University and area business and agencies, provides free transportation on the ACCESS vans Wednesday through Saturday nights in the city. It will be in operation its regular hours during the holiday weekend, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Call (785) 621-2580.
• Two cab companies are available. Convenience Cab will operate until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Rides are $5 per person or $20 for four or more people within the city limits. Call (785) 301-2221. BMB Shuttle also operates until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (785) 639-1899.
• Uber is available in Hays. Rides can be arranged through the Uber app.