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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Anyone driving in the Tucson metro area New Year's Eve will not be hassled by those drunk driving checkpoints.

There won't be any.

But that doesn't mean there won't be a law enforcement presence.

This year there will be many saturation patrols.

It's just what it sounds like. Law enforcement targets an area and then saturates it with patrol officers.

"There is no specific spot where they're going to be because they'll be all over," says Sheriff's PIO Tracy Suitt. "That works well as a deterrent."

There has been studies in many states on which is more effective and both have their points.

Saturation patrols end up with more arrests but checkpoints works as a visual reminder.

"The thing with checkpoints is we just use them to educate the public," Suitt says. "We want people to see we're out there."

Both Tucson police and the sheriff's deputies says they know people will celebrate on New Year's Eve and they just urge people not the stupid.

Plan beforehand because once a person has had a couple of drinks all good planning goes out the window.

"The mature approach is to preplan," says Brandon Tatum, a officer with TPD. "Before you go out know where you want to go, what you want to do and how to get home."

"The mantra these days is think before you drink," says Suitt.

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