The bottles are on ice and the kegs are chilling, all to enhance that much anticipated moment when the ball drops and we ring in the new year. Lubbock police are also getting ready, not to celebrate but to thwart drunk driving in the city.
Sergeant Ronnie Sowell says, "The guys that work the streets, they take care of the areas.. answer calls for service and try to maintain a presence and see if they can detect anybody driving erratically that might be under the influence."
Extra officers will be out on Lubbock streets New Year's Eve, solely for the purpose of dealing with DWI's. Their hope, however, is that everyone will designate a sober driver. Sowell says, "Any amount, any amount, even just a few beers you don't need to be driving."
Lubbock police send out one more reminder this New Year's. 'Whatever your plans, buckle up on the way.'
Bars in the Depot District are also gearing up for the big night. You can get into all ten bars for just $15, but beware: bartenders will be looking for people who've had too much to drink. Joshua Scott, a Bartender at Bleachers Sports Cafe explains, "We have no problem cutting them off and then if it starts anything we have door guys that will calm them down."
Joshua, his co-workers, and other area bars are busy stocking up for holiday revelers. Joshua says, "We usually have not that many kegs in the back and now our cooler is full of kegs. A lot of drinking on that night, free champagne for everyone."
Liquor stores outside the city are also preparing for the holiday rush. Bob Dickey, of Lakeway Liquor Store in Buffalo Springs Lake says, "New Year's is usually very busy. I bring in extra help." Bob says business picks up sharply after noon on New Year's Eve day and he tries to make sure everyone's favorites are on hand to make this new year's eve a memorable one. He specifies, "30 packs of beer, a lot of liquor and champagne too."