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Weather could make for messy New Year's Eve

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A big heads up about the weather, we're bracing ourselves for a pretty messy New Year's Eve.

With bad weather on the way, you'll want to be careful if you plan on partying Tuesday night.

Police are asking everyone to be extra cautious.

If you are going to be drinking, have a plan!

Police say take a cab or arrange a designated driver.

Officers will be on the look-out for drunk drivers.

"If that weather does hit, the roads are going to be in no condition to be out driving. And when you add that you're under the influence of an intoxicating beverage, that's going to slow your reaction time down, and that's gonna cause a crash," says Lieutenant Tim Williams with the Mishawaka Police Department.

Cab companies are gearing up for one of their busiest nights of the year.

Taxi Drivers are well aware the conditions could be slick on New Year's Eve, but they'd rather be behind the wheel, than have intoxicated drivers trying to make their way home.

The owner of Express Cab in South Bend offers free rides from midnight until 3:00am, if a bartender calls and says a patron needs help getting home.

"This is my job.  This is my duty.  I love to do it and I'm doing it," says Express Cab owner, Nick Yassine, "I serve the community.  I serve the city.  IT's time to say thank you in different ways."

The owner says he has about 65 cabs in his fleet and most of them will be out on the streets Tuesday night to help keep the roads safe on New Years Eve.

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