JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The night before Thanksgiving is considered the busiest bar night of the year, as many people return home for the holiday.

Police in Kentucky and Indiana are stepping up patrols to look for drunk drivers.

“What I’m looking for is somebody that can’t maintain their lane control, if they’re weaving in and out their lane, if they’re driving too slow below the speed limit ... Something like that could show a sign of impairment,” said Trooper Rob Caudill with the Indiana State Police Post in Sellersburg.

Troopers want to make sure the celebration does not get out of hand.

“It’s not that these people that make the decision to drink and drive are bad people," Trooper Caudill said. "Sometimes they just make a mistake, and they don’t realize how impaired they are."

He says that mistake does not come without consequences. Drunk drivers could pay thousands of dollars in fines, have their license revoked or spend time in jail.

“Your first offense, you’re gonna be looking at a misdemeanor charge. You’re gonna go to jail. You’re gonna be set for a court date. You’re gonna have to appear before a judge," Trooper Caudill said. "If you have multiples, you can be charged with a felony."

Police are reminding those who drink to call a cab or have a designated driver. It could save your life or the lives of others on the road.

Extra troopers will be out patrolling throughout the holiday.

ISP expects to make several arrests overnight. KSP is also increasing patrols and focusing on high traffic areas.

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