By: Sarah Snyder
West Texans are getting ready to ring in the New Year, and for Midland Police, it's an "all hands on deck" night. Thursday night, they bumped up the number of officers and patrol locations around the city.
Midland Police are answering calls on everything from drunk drivers, to illegal fireworks, even some who decide to shoot off pistols into the air.
"It's a surprise every time," Lt. Brian Bogart with the Midland Police Department, said. "Sometimes it's quiet, sometimes it's total mayhem."
They've stepped up the patrol units even pulling in off-duty officers.
"I would say it's going to be bad anywhere you go tonight - especially between midnight and 2:30 a.m." Lt. Bogart said. "I would be very careful where I drove, how I drove, and watch out for that other guy."
The good news for traffic officers: during the past two years, driving has actually improved overall mostly thanks to designated drivers.
If you're planning to head out to a New Year's party, police advise you to use your best defensive driving skills.
"Look ahead a lot farther than you normally do," Lt. Bogart said. "Watch the cars - if you see one coming at you that the headlights look like they're getting brighter and dimmer - that car is probably weaving as it's coming towards you. If you see one doing that, give it more elbow room. Move to the right a little more."
Lt. Bogart says the celebrations won't end Thursday night. The busy football schedule this weekend will keep a slew of officers patrolling Midland streets.
"Tomorrow (Friday) will be just as busy with the drunk drivers as tonight is," Lt. Bogart said.