Captain Jeff Wilson said holidays like New Years are busy times for the police department.
"We hope that people will be aware of the fact we are very busy and try to control their gatherings," Wilson said.
This also means people should not drink and drive.
"Any amount of alcohol is going to lead to a certain level of impairment," he said.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 70 people were killed on New Years in 2012 from drunk driving accidents.
The St. Joseph Youth Alliance has placed the wreckage of a deadly car accident at Hy-Vee to illustrate the dangers of drinking and driving.
The car was driven by a Kansas girl that was killed in 1996.
"We find that the instance of alcohol use and holiday parties really increases the chance for people to get behind the wheel and make bad decisions," Youth Alliance's Patti Long said.
This is just one of the many resources and educational outreaches the Youth Alliance does throughout the year.
If you do plan to go out and drink, police recommend you make plans on how you are getting home.