Police Patrols on New Year's Eve

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

Party-goers Monday night hope to start the year off with a bang, and police say the sound of a car accident may not be what you have in mind.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, alcohol-related crashes kill hundreds and injure thousands each year on the roads. However, police are increasing their numbers hoping to start the new year on a good note, especially after the very high number of highway deaths in 2007.

"This only takes a few minutes. Basically you're planning ahead," says Sgt. Michael Rossetti.

The DMV says almost 70 percent of fatal accidents on New Year's Eve involve alcohol.

"Individuals should have a plan as far as having a designated driver. This way, the designated driver will be responsible for driving the individual from point A to point B," says Rossetti.

If the designated driver starts drinking, Rossetti says there are always other options to save yourself from an accident.

He says, "If you're able to spend the evening at wherever you may be, that would obviously be your best choice. The troopers out on the highway will be more observant, as far as the driving while impaired drivers. Also the drivers that are tired."

He says there will be plenty of cars on the highway, and enough state troopers to make sure everyone stays safe.

"We would like to see all individuals have a good time, but obviously know your limitations," says Rossetti. "Have a plan ahead of time, and then this way you'll be safe, in whatever you will be doing this evening."

Regardless of where you're going Monday night, the Virginia State Police will be out in full force, either on the roadside, on Interstate 81 or at a sobriety checkpoints.

The Virginia State Police say that 13 people died in traffic accidents during the five-day New Year's holiday last year.

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