Thanksgiving eve, one of the biggest drinking nights, police amp up patrols

Thanksgiving eve, one of the biggest drinking nights, police amp up patrols
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POSTED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:04pm

Many of you have the day off from work for Thanksgiving, which means many people will be heading out on the town Wednesday night.

"We just want the bar to be stocked, everyone to come in and have a good time tonight."

Thorn Jones is ready for Thanksgiving eve. When you're a bartender, you really don't have a choice. Wednesday is a big night and that could mean big problems.

"We know it is one of the biggest drinking and driving nights," noted Jones.

Which is why he says he makes sure his staff knows what to do in a sticky situation.

“We do have list of cab companies that we do call just incase someone needs that ride. That’s always available, all you have to do is ask."

They are prepared at Chelsea’s to even take peoples keys away if they appear to be too intoxicated or if they come in with a little too much to drink.

Because you never really know what to expect on any given night, police say they're beefing up patrols.

"The purpose is, its thanksgiving, it's a family holiday and we want you to arrive and leave and return home in a safe way," said Baton Rouge Police Public Information Officer, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr.

Police say a checkpoint shouldn't be the only reason people drive safely, especially on Thanksgiving eve.

“Everyone should be prepared as if there is a checkpoint every night."

With extra checkpoints throughout the holiday season, bars like Chelsea’s appreciate it more than you would think.

“We do appreciate that,” noted Jones. “I think it does keep the younger crowd away. “We don’t want any of our customers getting hurt or anything.”

So police and bartenders do what they can to make sure you make it to turkey day, safe and sound.

“As long as everyone stays safe I think we should be fine."

The Louisiana State Police are also increasing patrols in the area and keeping an eye out for intoxicated drivers.

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