Traffic volumes will pick up later today as the New Year’s holiday traffic accident counting period will begin at 6 o’clock this evening. The 2023 New Year’s holiday counting period will end at 11:59 p.m. Monday night. The highway patrol urges Saturday night, New Year’s Eve revelers to designate a sober driver or utilize a ride-share service or taxi if they plan to drink alcohol. The patrol says the roadway is no place for a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you kill or injure someone, you’ll pay the price for the rest of your life. Operation Care will be in effect during this holiday driving period, with all available troopers planning to participate. The public is encouraged to call the Patrol’s Emergency Assistance Number (800) 525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone if they witness criminal activity or experience an emergency. These emergency numbers are operational for both highway and water emergencies.