Rapid City tallies 14 DUI arrests over New Year holiday

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) Rapid City police were out in force over the News Year's holiday weekend with one goal being to keep drunk drivers off the road.

Rapid City Police Lt. Andy Becker.

Police made 14 driving under the influence arrests in the 60 hours between 6 p.m. on Dec. 29 through 6 a.m. on Jan. 1. That was not a record and police say that the frigid weather might have kept some people off the roads. Driving under the influence is not a problem limited to the holidays. Police made 1,012 DUI arrests in 2017 in Rapid City and say safe driving should always be on everyone's mind.

"We want to encourage folks, all year round, not just during the holiday season, to use other means to get home when they have been drinking," said Lt. Andy Becker of the Rapid City Police Department. "That could be calling a friend, having a sober driver or using a taxi."

Which is something the cab companies agree on. At Rapid Cab, they had extra drivers on duty on new Year's Eve to help keep the roads safe.

"The more drivers we have the less the wait time there is," said Rapid Cab Manager Nica Cruz. "Because the longer the wait time is, it gives them more a longer to decide if they're going to jump in their car or not and we realize that. So that's why we try to have as many drivers as we can."