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Patrolling the Perfect Storm

Brown County -

The final weekend of the holiday season is setting up to be a busy four days, with the celebrations beginning in earnest Friday night.

Police say Friday and Saturday nights are typically big nights for people hitting the town. They often they see a lot of drinking and driving on the weekend.

But they expect it to continue Sunday, with the Packers game moved to late afternoon. It's a big game, too, with playoff implications.

Then there's Monday, a day when many people won't be working and will be heading out to celebrate New Year's Eve.

With all that, police are planning extra patrols, starting Friday night.

"It's another one of those perfect storms," says Brown County Sheriff's Department Captain Randy Schultz.

Police have known this storm was coming all year, marking it on their calendar well in advance, and scheduling extra officers to work in just about any community you go.

"We're stepping up patrols a little bit, being that it is a long holiday weekend. We're going to have officers out, more visible," says De Pere Police Officer Jedd Bradley.

The idea is for drivers to see squad cars on the road and feel like they're everywhere, not to intimidate, but to remind people to be smart.

"It's always better for us to have the presence up when we know there's the potential," says Schultz.

The Brown County OWI Task Force, like just about any law enforcement agency, will be out on New Year's Eve.

But many departments have additional grants to put officers on overtime, starting Friday night, to patrol for drunk drivers all weekend.

Many agencies are also working seat belt and speed details over those four days.

"People are getting their last hurrah in, but it's not just the drinking, not just the driving. It's more traffic. It's more businesses, more restaurants," says Bradley.

And the patrols won't just stick to the roads, you'll see Brown County Sheriff's deputies on sleds.

"The recreational patrol will be out tonight (Friday), Saturday and Sunday with the snowmobiles, because the trails are open," adds Schultz.

It's all done with one message in mind.

"If you're going to celebrate, make the plan in advance. We don't want to be making death notifications over the holidays," says Schultz,

Police say while it's going to be busy, they're all relieved there are no major storms predicted to complicate travel.

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