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Extra Officers on Patrol to Crack Down on Holiday DWIs

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The numbers are pretty staggering. On average, police arrest more than three people everyday in Corpus Christi on suspicion of driving while intoxicated; and by the middle of last November, they had arrested 1,066 people in 2013 -- more than last year's total.

As you might imagine, this is the time of year when police see the greatest number of DWIs, and for drivers who plan on using alcohol to celebrate the new year, there's a warning and an offer of help.

The warning is that police officers will be out in droves to catch as many DWI drivers as possible. On the other hand, the offer of help comes in the form of a free cab ride home -- but you may have to be patient.

"All of our troopers will be out in the rural areas and the number one thing we're going to be looking for is the intoxicated driver," said Cpl. Charlie Ramirez of the Department of Public Safety.

Law enforcement agencies will be staffing extra patrols for the sole purpose of keeping our roadways safe during the upcoming holiday.

"There's other ways to get home safely, you know, after New Years party or whatever," Ramirez said. "You know, you got your taxi."

"We're going to be very busy. Lots of calls," said Julie Tandy of Green-N-Go Cabs.  "The free rides home are from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. tonight, Saturday and New Year's Eve."

Green-N-Go Cabs, along with Yellow Cabs, will be offering the free rides home during the holidays -- a public service indeed, but one you'll have to be patient to take advantage of.

"We will get to everyone," Tandy said. "It won't be, if you put in a reservation, it will not be at the time you ordered the cab probably. But be patient. We will get to you. We will get to you. It just may take a little while."

Another piece of advice from the cab company is to keep your phone handy, because the cab driver will call you that he's there to pick you up. If you don't answer, the cab will go on to the next pick up.

To take advantage of the free cab rides home, call 361-299-9999. They driver will only take you home, and not to another party.

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