The LAPD will be manning DUI checkpoints and sending uniformed and plainclothes officers out to patrol the streets and bars.
"Each year on the average, someone is killed by an impaired driver in the United States every 45 minutes and someone is injured every minute," said LAPD Capt. William Sutton.
Metro is offering free rides on all its buses and trains from 9 p.m. on Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday.
Jacque Bochelli with Mothers Against Drunk Driving has a sobering reminder of the consequences of drunk driving. Her husband was killed 12 years ago by a drunk driver.
"Make no other choice tonight, but simply make the right choice, and that's to drink or drive," said Bochelli.
"Don't welcome the New Year in jail, and don't let the LAPD be your designated driver," said Sutton.