Octoberfest Keeps Hermann Busy
This group enjoys twilight's at Stone Hill winery. They've made sure to take care of a sober ride tonight and that's something the owner of this winery encourages.
"Because we want our visitors to get home safe," said Stone Hill owner Patty Held-Uthlaut.
With such a busy month "We have tons of people that visit this area," said Held-Uthlaunt.
Sometimes that's hard to do. So the winery made some rules.
One of the main rules Stone Hill has is that each person can only buy one cold bottle of wine every time they come.
It also stopped participating in Octoberfest.
A festival Hermann wineries have held for years. Police are also pumping up regulation.
"I actually hire officers from other departments," said Hermann police chief Frank Tennant. To prevent drunk driving.
"If we see someone that's inebriated that's trying to get in a car we stop them before they ever do," said Tenannt.
That's why he says DUI arrests are down by more than half from twenty years ago.
"At Octoberfest, drinking and driving wise, it's probably safer," said Tennant.
But he also wants to protect people that aren't visiting. The people who call Hermann home.
"Your home is your castle, and you don't want somebody coming up and urinating on your castle door," Tennant said.
Hermann police say they're not the only reason for fewer arrests lately.
They say stricter legislation is also keeping drunk drivers off the roads.