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SACRAMENTO --

Tens of thousands of people are expected to pour into the downtown and Old Sac areas for New Year's Eve, and with the festivities, comes a heavier police presence.

"We will have an increased presence of patrol vehicles and patrol officers in Sacramento,” said Sgt.  Bryce Heinlein.

That, however, is a welcome hand for Old Sac club manager Jerome Austin. He's worked a New Year's before and knows how hectic it can be.

"Officers will go to every establishment in Sacramento, they'll check, look at your building,” said Austin.

They're mainly looking for those too intoxicated to get behind the wheel, almost an inevitable problem according to Austin, a little more challenging on New Year's Eve.

"If we see somebody that's over drunk, we'll sit them down, call a cab for them. But in this case since the cabs can't get in, you have to walk them over there, notify the authorities,” Austin.

But he says in the past, police have been on top of it.

"Last New Year's, we didn't have any problems at all."

This year, Heinlein says police are taking a different approach, what they call their “Know Your Limits” program.

"You might be at a local bar tonight and see an officer come in, and he might ask you, would you like to take a breathalyzer,” said Heinlein.

Don’t worry, you're not in trouble. Police simply want people to be aware of how much they’ve had to drink.

Heinlein says that means more engagement with party-goers.

But, he says, for those who take chances behind the wheel, there will be a heavy presence of patrol cars waiting.

Police will also have visible officers on horseback all throughout downtown, and patrols on all the major highways.