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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- If you celebrate New Year`s Eve with alcohol, don`t get behind the wheel find a designated driver. FOX 2's Anthony Kiekow is live outside of the Circuit Attorney`s office in downtown St. Louis with a new program aimed at stopping drunk drivers.

St. Louis City Circuit Attorney, Jennifer Joyce says a new program aimed at drunk drivers is paying off.

Last year, Joyce led the effort to make St. Louis a “no-refusal zone.” That means if a person suspected of drunk driving refuses to take a breathalyzer, police can seek a search warrant for a blood test.

Joyce says it has cut in half the number of people who refused to blow. She was joined at the news conference by a woman whose son was killed by a drunk driver three years ago.

Joyce reminds us that as we prepare to ring in the New Year, law enforcement will seek the evidence necessary to keep the city’s streets safe.