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Law Enforcement Agencies Urge Revelers to Celebrate New Year's Safely

Police agencies will have extra patrols on the road for New Year's Eve as part of a drunk driving crackdown.

Law enforcement officers from St. Clair Shores, and agencies across Macomb County and Michigan, will have extra patrols on the road as part of a crackdown on drunk drivers for New Year's Eve.

Last year, 14 people were killed in traffic crashes, and five of those crashes involved alcohol, according to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

"The best way to start out the new year is by celebrating responsibly and designating a sober driver, taking a cab or spending the night," said OHSP Director Michael L. Prince, said in a release. "Michigan law enforcement officers are serious about drunk driving enforcement. You will be stopped and you will go to jail. No exceptions or excuses."

If you're planning to head out New Year's Eve, schedule a pick up, or save the number of one of the companies below to make sure you and your friends get home safely.

OHSP offers these tips for a safe New Year's celebration:

  • Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person the keys.
  • If you've been drinking, call a taxi, ride the bus or call a sober friend to get you home safely.
  • If a friend is about to drive impaired, take his/her keys and make other arrangements to get him/her home safely.

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