While many residents will be ringing in the new year at parties with family and friends, the Conway Police Department will be out in full force hoping to curb drunk driving and save lives.

According to Lt. Susan Wilson, Conway police will be out during the New Year’s holiday as part of the DWI task force.

Law enforcement agencies around Faulkner County and throughout the state will continue their annual “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” winter holiday crackdown throughout the weekend.

The national enforcement crackdown began Dec. 15 and continues through Jan. 3.

Wilson warned against driving drunk and encouraged residents to have a designated driver if drinking was part of holiday celebrations. If a designated driver is not available, residents are urged to stay where they are.

In 2009, 168 of the 585 traffic fatalities in Arkansas were due to alcohol-impaired driving. It is illegal in the state of Arkansas to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

All three local cab companies will be on call for New Year’s Eve. Conway City Cab will have eight taxis available and can be reached at 501-499-1967. Conway Yellow Cab, with five cabs in service tonight, can be contacted at 501-327-1515. A One Taxi will have four cabs running and can be reached at 501-505-8294.

Conway City Cab and A One Taxi will take passengers throughout the county, while Conway Yellow Cab will travel within 25 miles.

(Staff writer Stephanie Fischer can be reached by e-mail at stephanie.fischer@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1238. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)