Portsmouth and New Hampshire State Police will team up for a DUI saturation patrol on Friday.

Officers will patrol in vehicles on the street as part of an initiative funded by the New Hampshire Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. State Police would not disclose particular hours for the patrol.

"With the holiday season in full swing, the New Hampshire State Police and the Portsmouth Police Department would like to encourage all motorists to make safe choices prior to getting behind the wheel and remind everyone that the problem of impaired driving is a preventable one," the departments said in a joint statement.

While state and local police departments work to combat this issue of impaired driving on a daily and nightly basis, the program will allow a larger contingency of State Troopers and officers to focus solely on the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers.

The departments encourage designating a sober driver and arranging a rideshare ride. Drivers who see an impaired driver should call 911 and be prepared to provide details like their exact location (including street names and highway mile markers), a plate number, and a description of the vehicle involved.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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