Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Officers work overtime on New Year's Eve

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Mishawaka New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated holidays and a lot of that celebration includes alcohol. If you are going out Tuesday, we have a few reminders to keep you safe.

First, be sure to designate a driver, don't drink and drive.

Next, be alert when you go out. You want to be aware of your surroundings and how others are acting if they are drinking.

If you're drinking, don't drive at all, make the decision to take a cab, crash at a friend’s place or use public transportation.

If you do drive Tuesday night, make sure you wear a seat belt, be alert and drive defensively.

When you go out, make sure you stick with your group and of course monitor your alcohol intake.

Now, if you are a parent who has a first-timer going out to celebrate, Lt. Williams has some advice for you. First, stay in contact with your kids. You want to make sure you know where they are and where they are going.

Give them a curfew. Lt. Williams says it's a great idea to get them home before midnight. That way they can spend time with their friends but can bring in the New Year with the family and get home before roads get busy.

Another option would be to have a party for them at your house. That way you can watch them and arrange for parents to pick them up.

The bottom line is, no matter how old you are making the right decision on a night like New Year’s Eve is extremely important.

“We have zero tolerance for people driving impaired on our roadways,” explains Lt. Tim Williams of the Mishawaka Police Department. “Our Fatal Alcohol Crash Team has a conviction rate like no others. All of our cases that we have had, that we have investigated where we have had a fatal or serious accident, we have had convictions on them”.

“Last year was a great success. We owe it all to citizens in our community, we owe it all to our media for getting the message out because we had zero alcohol related arrests, zero alcohol related crashes in St Joe County,” continues Williams. “You are talking about the 4th largest county in the state and we had zero alcohol related arrests and zero alcohol related crashes and no serious injury crashes as well”.

On top of a night fill with party goers, we will have snow and slick streets. So, make sure you take extra time getting to your destination and back home.

Police say keep in mind, speed limits are for ideal conditions not snowy conditions.

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