Extra police patrols planned for weekend events

Local police and deputies will be stepping up patrols this weekend, on the lookout for drunk and impaired drivers during the prom and the Kentucky Derby.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and Columbus Police Department DUI taskforce will be hoping to reduce traffic crashes, prevent underage drinking and drug abuse and drunk driving, according to authorities.

Sheriff Matt Myers is encouraging teens to stay safe and sober and to buckle up and drive slower this weekend during prom activities.

Myers also is warning about increased traffic on the Interstate due to people heading to Louisville for the Derby. He suggests taking an extra four to five hours for your trip, if you are planning on going to the race.