Especially following the death of 18-year-old Cole Patrick in an alcohol related accident this past Friday, police want to prevent any further tragedy.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says if you're drinking alcohol for the new year, have a plan.
The new year is a time to celebrate, but while so many are having a good time, others are working for your safety.
"To make sure that people are getting to and from safely, and to make sure that we take as many intoxicated drivers as we can off the roadway," says Sgt. Corey Root, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Remember when you're making plans for a fun evening, don't just stop with a party.
It will eventually end, and you'll have leave eventually.
"Obviously we don't want anyone out intoxicated driving. Impairment starts after that first drink, so the best thing to do is have a plan in place," Root says.
For starters, if your group plans on drinking, try to organize a designated driver.
You could also plan a party at a hotel and stay the night there.
If you need to get home that night, remember taxis are an option.
"Oh yeah, we'll have all of our cars out and we'll be doing the best we can to get everybody picked up, and taken home safely," says Philip Wallick, of Joe Cab in St. Joseph.
It's a busy night for taxi drivers too so try to be patient, and it helps to call about an hour ahead of time.
Drivers know from experience how hectic it can be in the early hours of the new year.
"We see a lot of people driving with no headlights, a lot of cars running stoplights around 2 a.m. Drive defensively and look out for drunks," Wallick says.
Looking out for impaired drivers is exactly what the Highway Patrol plans to do.
They'll arrest anyone who is driving while intoxicated.
"It's not because we want to, it's because I would rather arrest you when you're intoxicated than knock on your family's door and tell them you've killed somebody or you've been killed in a traffic crash," says Root.
Just have a plan, and even for sober drivers, drive defensively, and wear your seat belt.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol adds even if you take the best precautions, keep weather in mind.
Road conditions may not be safe that evening and morning.