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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

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