ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) often sees an increase in drunk drivers on the road around the holiday season. This year, more officers will be out on the streets keeping an eye on things.

County officers saw an increase in DUI tickets last year as compared to 2016.

Police say during big holidays like Thanksgiving, there are more people out at the bars, calling for more officers out on the road. ACPD Crime Prevention Specialist Joseph George says the night before Thanksgiving is sort of a drinking holiday: a lot of people are home for the holidays and want to celebrate, but many take it too far.

George says officers see some extra drug impairment situations, but mostly an increase in drunk-driving offenses.

The legal limit behind the wheel is 0.08 blood alcohol content.

"If you get a DUI, it could be a life-changing event for you. Beside the court costs and everything like that, your lawyer fees, it'll go on your criminal record, and it could always hurt you for things like employment and things like that," said George.

Additionally, your driver's license could be suspended for a year or more if convicted of DUI.

The Albemarle County Police Department is encouraging folks to pick a designated driver or use services like Lyft and Uber.