By Jeffery Smith

CORNING - Here’s a sobering thought, about a dozen extra police squad cars will be patrolling for drunk drivers throughout Steuben County Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Corning Police Lt. Jeff Heverly said New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights for drinking, so the city and several local police departments will be prepared for what is historically one of the worst periods for drunk driving.

“There will be extra patrols out in the city Saturday night and Sunday morning,” said Corning Police Lt. Jeff Heverly.

Steuben County Undersheriff Jim Allard said the department will also be contributing additional manpower and squad cars, which could wind up focusing their attention anywhere in Steuben County.

“We just want to make sure New Year’s Eve is a good safe time for everyone,” Allard said. “All officers will be on duty looking for impaired and distracted drivers, speeders and other lawbreakers.”

Several local police departments said checkpoints may be set up at undisclosed locations.

Painted Post Police Corporal Tod Kimmey said patrolman will be covering the village Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Police Departments are also offering safety tips to keep those out partying into 2017 safe, including designating a sober driver, reporting drunken drivers, avoiding texting while driving or taking a cab.