BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) —  As 2022 comes to an end, officers are getting ready to make sure those New Year’s celebrations don’t cost you your life or someone else’s.

As New Year’s Eve weekend approaches, the Baton Rouge Police Department is gearing up to keep drunk drivers off the road. “A good New Year’s resolution is to not drink and drive in the year 2023,” explained Officer Steven Reed, DWI Task Force, Baton Rouge Police Department.

Reed says that 500 people were arrested for driving while impaired. “You lose your license for a year? Potential jail time? Ridiculously high fines and a probation process can lead to years on top of a court process,” he continued.

The things they see are the reason why they are so serious about the message. On New Year’s Eve, law enforcement will be out on roads, looking for drivers who are ignoring the risk. “In 2022 with your phone, you can order an Uber, especially in the metro area, you know, there’s really no excuse,” said Reed.

Officers want you to think twice before driving home after drinking this New Year, no matter how long or short the distance.