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East Texas police stepping up patrols on New Year's Eve

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) -

As the final hours of 2015 tick away, police across the Pineywoods are hitting the roads to keep people safe.

"We usually have three patrols but on holidays we push it up to six," Diboll patrol Sergeant Matt Reppond said. "We easily triple or quadruple our calls. Fourth of July and New Year's [Eve] is usually very busy for us."

Reppond said the patrol will pay attention to the busy 5 mile stretch of Highway 59 that runs through the heart of the city, but they will also pay attention to the back roads that many drivers use to sneak past police.

"We have what we call major back channel routes so we focus a lot on Old Diboll Highway," Reppond said.

Reppond said the New Years holiday adds more to their workload and offers a new challenge.

"A lot of people that normally don't drink and party will join the crowd and drink and party. so there's a lot of extra traffic," Reppond said. "Don't drink and drive and always be safe with a fire arm."

Diboll Police urge anyone who drinks to use a designated driver.

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