Vermont State Police say they will be out in force Friday night, making sure people aren’t drinking and driving into the new year.

Vermont State Police say they will be out in force Friday night, making sure people aren’t drinking and driving into the new year.

They say New Year’s Eve and Day are when they see the most DUIs.

Police say by getting behind the wheel drunk, you’re choosing to endanger yourself and others. They say if you’re getting ready to party, make sure you have a plan.

“Make a plan before the celebration starts. Once the celebration starts, it’s almost too late because our thinking is going to be clouded,” Vt. State Police Sgt. Jay Riggins said.

Police say there are an average of 27 DUI arrests on New Year’s Day; that number doesn’t include any arrests made on New Year’s Eve.

The first offense for drunken driving could cost you thousands of dollars in fines and up to two years in jail.