Tonight, people across Dalton and around the country will ring in the new year with parties and gatherings. The Dalton Police Department wishes everyone a happy celebration and a safe one. We urge you to please remember NOT to drink and drive,
Here are some tips to keep your New Year's celebration safe:
If you plan to host a New Year’s Eve party:
- Make sure your guests have designated sober drivers.
- Never serve alcohol to guests under 21-years-of-age.
- Serve plenty of food…And include soft drinks, juice, and water.
- Take car keys from anyone who thinks about driving impaired.
- Keep the numbers for local cab companies on hand for impaired guests.
If you plan to attend a New Year’s Eve party, here are some tips to ensure that you arrive home safely:
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins and give them your car keys.
- Volunteer to be the designated driver or offer to be one next time out.
- Before you party, program local cab company numbers in your cell phone so a safe ride is just a call away.
- Pace yourself. Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Eat enough food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
- Never let a friend out of sight if you think they’re about to drive impaired.
The Dalton Police Department would like to remind motorists of its Zero-Tolerance policy on impaired driving, and ask the help of all motorists to make this a safe New Year on the roadways by, Buckling Up, Slowing Down and Driving Sober.
The Dalton Police Department gets complaints every year of fireworks and celebratory gunfire as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. It’s illegal to use most fireworks in Georgia, and it’s illegal to discharge a firearm within the city limits of Dalton. These laws will be enforced. Remember, even if you’re firing a gun into the air in celebration, those bullets will come down somewhere.
The Dalton Police Department reminds you to stay alert and stay safe as you celebrate tonight! And, we wish everyone a Happy New Year!