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LPD Chief: Make a plan and stick to it for a safe New Year's Eve

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Eve is a traditional time of celebration that may include a toast of "holiday cheer." If plans include consuming alcohol, the Linton Police Department urges everyone to plan ahead to make sure you'll be starting the New Year off right -- safe and sound.

Chief Troy Jerrell says making a plan is essential for safety.

"Have a plan and stick to it or follow through," said Jerrell. "Know who's driving, or know who can pick you up and get you home safely.

"DUIs are serious. You can't afford it.

"If you get pulled over and are charged with a DUI, besides the fines and associated legal costs, your insurance rates go up and you can lose your license for a long time, and that's just for the first offense.

"Plus if you drink and drive, there's the risk to your life and the lives of other people."

If a driver is pulled over for a second offense, Jerrell said it gets even more expensive and they'll lose their driver's license for a much longer time.

"New Year's Eve is usually pretty quiet," said Jerrell. "People do know we're out there and they could get stopped so they do make plans.

"We'll be out there on Monday evening on patrol, and throughout the night, and wish everyone a safe and happy New Year."

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