Happy New Year from the Dalton Police Department! If you're planning to run in 2015 with a party or a night on the town, you're not alone. But the DPD urges you to make it a safe and happy celebration by NOT drinking and driving. Now is the time to plan ahead to make sure 2015 gets off to a safe (and lega!) start.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan a safe New Year's celebration:
If you plan to host a New Year’s Eve party…
- Make sure your guests have designated, sober drivers.
- Remind the sober drivers to look up addresses/directions prior to leaving and avoid other distractions.
- 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 or arrange alternative transportation.
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.
- Ensure your driver is clear on where to take you prior to leaving. Looking up directions while driving can be dangerous and unlawful.
- 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.
As motorists, you can help the DPD keep New Year's and all of 2015 safe and happy by buckling up, slowing down, avoiding distractions, and driving sober. Keep in mind that while DPD officers are always watching out for impaired drivers and other unsafe driving habits, Operation Zero Tolerance is still in effect throughout Georgia and the rest of the country through the first week of January. Law enforcement everywhere are focused on keeping impaired drivers off of the road.
Please, keep this information in mind as you enjoy your time with friends and family. The Dalton Police Department reminds you to stay safe as you celebrate and stay alert as you travel. We wish everyone a Happy New Year!