New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can be dangerous days because of overindulgence in alcohol, which is why some area cities shifted resources to combat the issue.
There were 12 alcohol-related incidents in Killeen on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, according to the Community Crime Map website that relies on data entered by the department.
Harker Heights and Copperas Cove each had one driving while intoxicated arrest, according to the departments.
In two of the eight DWI arrests in Killeen on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, combined, the person had a child in the vehicle, according to crime map data. Incidents, including four public intoxication calls on New Year’s Day, occurred all over town.
KPD had extra patrols on duty for the holiday, said Ofelia Miramontez, Killeen Police Department spokeswoman.
She said the number of DWI and public intoxication calls vary throughout the year.
“It can depend on either the time of year, such as spring or summer, or the day of the week, such as holidays,” Miramontez said. She said officers responded to nine calls over the Fourth of July holiday last year, but only four calls on a more typical day.
It can be tricky to define an “alcohol-related” incident, however.
“It’s really hard for me to define a typical day for alcohol-related events (because) alcohol is involved in many of the domestic dispute calls that we are dispatched to,” said Sgt. Kevin Miller, Copperas Cove Police Department public information officer, on Wednesday.
He said the department used altered shifts to provide more manpower on the road for New Year’s Eve.
“This allowed us to have more officers available to respond to fireworks calls and traffic (DWI) enforcement,” Sgt. Miller said.
It was a relatively typical two days in Heights.
“Our officers had normal shifts and there were no extra patrols,” said Lt. Stephen Miller, Harker Heights Police Department public information officer, on Wednesday. “One or two (driving while intoxicated arrests) per weekend night is average.”