The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety saturation patrol during the evening hours of New Year’s Eve within the City of Santa Monica.

Santa Monica police officers will be contacting drivers to confirm their sobriety and driver’s license status. This is the first of several saturation patrols to be conducted over the next 12-month period.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Santa Monica Police Department reminds drivers to have a designated driver or call a taxi cab if they plan on drinking.

Since 2005, the number of alcohol involved fatalities has been dropping thanks to efforts like this, but law enforcement and the public must continue to work toward “zero deaths,” police said.

“Law enforcement officers are doing more to remove drunk drivers from California’s streets and highways thanks to our DUI (driving under the influence) traffic safety funding,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “But everyone can help make their communities safer; if you see a drunk driver — call 9-1-1.”

For more information, Sgt. Larry Horn of the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Division at (310) 458-8950, or Sgt. Jay Trisler at (310) 458-8471.