Law enforcement out in full force for New Year's weekend

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The new year is coming, and with it a bigger police presence on the roads.

The start of a new year is a reason to celebrate, but those celebrations can be cut short if you drive drunk.

"Anytime you put anything into your body that's going to impair your judgment or impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle, you're putting everybody in danger, not just yourself," said Bakersfield Police Sgt. Ryan Kroeker.

While many New Year's plans involved friends and drinks, you should think twice before getting behind the wheel and putting everyone at risk.

"People really need to think about it," said MADD advocate Carla Pearson. "It's very selfish if a person gets behind the wheel. What would your family do without you?"

Police say they're hoping people will be smart and plan ahead. They also advise using a ride share service or designated driver.

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