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Dec 31, 2015 2:35 PM

Police departments staff up to ensure a safe New Year's Eve

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NASHUA - While N.H. residents are getting ready to celebrate the New Year, some police departments are adding patrols for the holiday, according to the Nashua Telegraph.

Manchester and Nashua police say they will be adding extra cars on the streets this year. Other departments are reminding those celebrating the New Year with alcohol to pick a designated driver -- or else.

"It is our goal to ensure the safety of all motorists and reduce alcohol-related accidents by discouraging impaired driving," Manchester police said in a news statement Wednesday. "We would like to remind folks to have a designated driver or use alternative means to travel safely."

But other police departments, like Merrimack, say that New Year's Eve might be safer than other types of party nights.

"This is my opinion, but on New Year's Eve, I think people are more prepared with having designated drivers," said Capt. Mike Dudash of the Merrimack Police Department.

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