Authorities across East Tennessee have increased patrols for New Year's Eve.
Across the state, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is running its holiday no refusal campaign. The state's no refusal law allows officers to get search warrants for blood samples if they suspect a driver is impaired.
More troopers will be out targeting impaired drivers. Statewide, DUI arrests have climbed each of the past three years. Troopers will also be on the look out for people failing to buckle their seatbelts.
Other agencies are boosting their patrols on the road. The Knox County Sheriff's Office plans to have a bigger presence on the roads from nine o'clock Tuesday night until five Wednesday morning.
Driving intoxicated can hurt more than the people around you. Steven Oberman is a DUI Defense Attorney certified by the state of Tennessee. He said a DUI, even on it's first offense, can cost thousands of dollars.
"The cost involved can just grow and grow," said Oberman.
You also can lose your job having a DUI on your record. Oberman said they are permanently on your record in the state of Tennessee.
Anyone looking for a safe and free ride home can call Bradford Health Services. They've teamed up with West Knox Taxi to offer rides free of charge. You can call them at 1-888-577-0012.
AAA is also offering their Tow and Go services Tuesday night. You can call AAA, and they'll tow you and your car home or to a safe place within a 10-mile radius for free. You can call them at 1-800-234-1222.