ROANOKE, Va. -

Downtown is one of the main hotspots for people to go and watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve and that's why local law enforcement is beefing up patrol in the area.

The Roanoke City Police Department says if you plan on going out to celebrate, you better have a plan of how to get home.

Officers say New Year’s Eve is the biggest drinking holiday of the year.

This year, Roanoke City Police Department has about twenty people working on saturation patrols.

Officers will begin their night at 9pm and will finish around 4 am Wednesday. They're looking for drunk drivers in the downtown district. They will also be patrolling Orange Avenue and Williamson Road.

They say your best bet is to get a cab home if you plan on partying.

“We want people to go and have a great time but were out there and were telling you if you make the adult decision to drink and drive we will be there waiting for you," said Sgt. Will Drake.

New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year cab companies bank on because they know most people will be drinking. Officers are hoping people will be smart enough to take a cab if they don't have a designated driver.

Drake says they see a high number of drunk driving with people between the ages of 21 to 24 years old in Virginia.