(Festus/Crystal City) Local authorities are asking people to play it smart if you’re going to be drinking this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and make sure to have a designated driver if you plan to travel.

Festus Police Captain Doug Wendel says the night before Thanksgiving has become a big party night.

Crystal City Police Captain Mike Pruneau adds people that plan to partake in Black Friday shopping at the Festus/Crystal City Walmart on Thanksgiving night need to be mindful of their surroundings when driving through the parking lot.

Local police patrols are expected to be stepped through the holiday weekend.