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Put safety first when celebrating the start of a new year

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – No one wants to start a new year with a serious injury, in a traffic accident, with a citation, or a situation that's even worse - so be sure to keep safety in mind when you ring in 2014.

The Wilmington Police Department is doing its part to help make our streets safer for New Year's Eve celebrations.

"Additional officers will work New Year's Eve in an effort to watch for drunken drivers and other incidents that might put residents at risk," said Police Chief Ralph Evangelous. "Officers will focus their efforts in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most likely to happen."

If you're hosting a party, authorities say following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy:

  • Plan ahead by naming a "designated driver." Make this your responsibility as the host.
  • Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.
  • Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.
  • Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
  • Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.

If you are attending New Year's Eve festivities:

  • If you drink, don't drive.
  • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up.
  • Or, stay where you are until you are sober.
  • Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.

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