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Police say celebrate responsibly

Illinois State Police-District 8 would like to remind all of those who are planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve, to do so responsibly.

If you are planning to drink alcohol during your celebrations, designate a sober driver before going out, and give them the keys. If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration provide your guests with taxi numbers or a ride share service at the beginning of the night.

According to a study conducted by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. For all of those traveling late at night your best defense against a drunk driver is to use your seat belt.

It is the law no matter where you are seated in the vehicle. Illinois State Police District 8 and local law enforcement will be out in force looking for impaired drivers and hope people will make the right decision and not drink and drive.

If you are planning a night out on the town to ring in the New Year, remember the following tips:

· Take advantage of the options for discounted, free and sober rides home.

· Don’t be afraid to take someone’s car keys if they are impaired.

· Do not get into a vehicle with someone who is impaired. Encourage them to call a sober ride.

· Plan for a sober ride home before going out.

· Consume responsibly for a fun but safe New Year’s Eve celebration.

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