FAIRFIELD - Police departments in southwestern Connecticut will be stepping up patrols in preparation for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Fairfield police say they will have several extra officers on the city’s roadways on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning in an effort to thwart drunken driving in the area.

Traffic Safety Officer Jason Kline says police will be focusing on streets like the Post Road and Kings Highway, where they tend to catch drunken drivers.

He says that traffic usually picks up after midnight.

Some Fairfield residents told News 12 that they feel safer knowing police will be out in full force.

"It's not going to stop people from doing what they do, but it's good to have them out there," said one resident.

Officials are encouraging anyone partaking in New Year’s Eve celebrations to plan a safe travel arrangement.