Authorities encourage safe celebrations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Authorities encourage safe celebrations

Authorities encourage safe celebrations

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -The countdown, the celebrations, the all-important new years toast, it's all part of an event that can leave many unable to drive; but they do it anyway. "Last year we had 502 DWI that were arrested in the state of Texas," said DPS Corporal John Gonzalez.

That statistic is almost double from 2008 where Texas saw 300 DUI arrests and 5,000 speeding tickets over the new year holiday. With a growing problem, local officials in the South Plains wont be taking the night off.

"Tonight all our troopers will be out as well as over the weekend so were going to encourage people to be on the lookout cause we will be looking for DWI violators," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez says to enjoy the new year and have fun tonight, but don't become a statistic.

"With drinking and driving we see a lot of crashes as a result of drinking, if you choose to drink make the responsible choice, designate a driver, find a taxi, or someone that can take you home that hasn't been drinking."

If you are out tonight and need a way home contact:

Yellow Cab at 806 765 7777

Or you can contact a free service offered by AAA called "Tipsy Tow." Tipsy Tow will tow you up to 10 miles from wherever you are to your home for free.

AAA Tipsy Tow - Service starts at 6pm

1 800 - AAA - HELP

Copyright 2010 KCBD.  All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • American jailed in Venezuela for 2 years arrives in US

    American jailed in Venezuela for 2 years arrives in US

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:53:22 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 7:46 PM EDT2018-05-26 23:46:45 GMT

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

  • Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary

    Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary

    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:14 PM EDT2018-05-26 18:14:01 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 7:46 PM EDT2018-05-26 23:46:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson). Lilly Mucarsel, a native of Ecuador, poses for a picture in her office Friday, May 25, 2018, in Tustin, Calif. Mucarsel, 62, of Southern California finds herself reverting to English when she attends a baseball game or goes to...(AP Photo/Chris Carlson). Lilly Mucarsel, a native of Ecuador, poses for a picture in her office Friday, May 25, 2018, in Tustin, Calif. Mucarsel, 62, of Southern California finds herself reverting to English when she attends a baseball game or goes to...

    The Trump administration's harsh rhetoric and tougher policies toward immigrants have made some Spanish speakers self-conscious about speaking other languages in public.

    The Trump administration's harsh rhetoric and tougher policies toward immigrants have made some Spanish speakers self-conscious about speaking other languages in public.

  • More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

    More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:33:35 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 7:46 PM EDT2018-05-26 23:46:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through the courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through the courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the...

    A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and that'll continue, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in the case of a baker who wouldn't create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

    A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and that'll continue, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in the case of a baker who wouldn't create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Powered by Frankly