It was a fairly uneventful New Years in Cherokee County, according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Groves said county-wide there were only three DUI arrests over the holiday one by CKSO one by Galena police and one by Baxter police.

He also said there were four accidents, all non-injury and three of them were deer-related.

"There was more traffic than normal," Groves said. "It was pretty successful in that there were no fatalities or injuries."

Groves said DUIs are down in Cherokee County, which he attributes to increased awareness by the public.

"To be honest with you, I really think people are more safety aware," he said. "They know the law is looking for them. It used to be acceptable to drive them home. Now it's a mandatory arrest."

He said even at DUI checkpoints the department sees only a few people driving drunk.

"We'll check 400 cars and maybe get one or two," he said. "We see people who are intoxicated, but they have a designated driver."

Those numbers are somewhat at odds with the rest of the state, according to the Associated Press.

Kansas had the second-highest jump in the number of drunken-driving fatalities in the nation in 2010, a year in which overall alcohol-related fatalities fell, according to federal data.

Statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show 168 people died in such crashes on Kansas roads in 2010, the most recent year statistics are available. That's 45 more than were killed in 2009.

Kansas trailed only New York, which saw its number of drunken-driving deaths rise by 46 in 2010. In Missouri, there were 44 fewer drunken-driving fatalities than in 2009, which is more in line with a national trend in which 32 states saw declines.

Overall, drunken-driving deaths were down about 5 percent nationally in 2010 compared with the previous year.

Kansas lawmakers have been struggling with ways to toughen laws to deal with repeat drunken drivers. In 2009, a state report characterized Kansas' system for dealing with repeated offenders as dysfunctional.

The report found that people drive drunk repeatedly in Kansas without risk of serious punishment, and that it can be hard to track repeat violators because drunken-driving arrests or convictions are sometimes not reported, or lost or discarded.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)