Patrols Increase for New Year Drivers

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

HARRISONBURG -- With New Years Eve comes increased enforcement in hopes of discouraging drunk drivers. The Harrisonburg Police Department has used a grant from the Department of Motor Vehicles to increase patrols this holiday.

With First Night on Court Square, traveling will be made more difficult and safety more important. Yellow Cab says that Main Street being closed means those celebrating will have to better know their surroundings to get home safely. They also suggest patience as a virtue as wait times may be longer than usual despite nearly five times as many cabs being in service.

"We do have extra enforcement out on the road in Harrisonburg tomorrow night, we also have First Night going on so we'll have extra officers downtown," says Sgt. Pete Ritchie of Harrisonburg Police Department.

"Just be a little patient, customers will sometimes call all three cab companies, we'd like them to be aware that there is somebody coming to pick them up, make sure that they can hear the phone ring when the taxi cab driver gets there," says Gary Beatty, the owner of Yellow Cab.

First Night starts at 6 p.m. on Main Street in Harrisonburg. Main Street will be closed from 2 p.m. December 31 to 1 a.m. and other streets from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for the fireworks.


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