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Local Bar and Law Enforcement Prepare for New Year's Eve Night

New Year’s Eve is only two days away. Local bars and clubs are preparing for their huge celebrations. Local law enforcement is also ready to catch any impaired drivers leaving any celebrations.

Posted: Dec 29, 2018 6:17 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- New Year’s Eve is only two days away. Local bars and clubs are preparing for their huge celebrations. Local law enforcement is also ready to catch any impaired drivers leaving any celebrations.

According to the website WalletHub, America’s fourth favorite holiday is New Year’s Eve, falling behind Christmas, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. 15 percent of Americans plan to spend the last night of the year at either an event or a party. Howiee's on Front is just one of the bars in the area hosting a Gala. Bar manager Christopher Gomez said employees have been spending the last few months getting ready and preparations go beyond decorations.

"We have taxicab services. Five Star is going to be running their services for us that evening. They're going to be picking up anybody who needs a cab. We also have Uber and Lyft that are going to be available for anybody," Gomez added.

Wallethub statistics say the average blood alcohol content on New Year’s Eve is 0.094, making it the most drunken night of the year. Because of that, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office will have extra deputies out looking for impaired drivers.

"This time of year we definitely see an increase in DUII activity. And so we like to get out ahead of time and remind people to be safe and to not drink and drive and to plan ahead and to have an idea in mind on what they are going to do," said Deputy Noah Strohmeyer. “In a DUII crash, you are putting yourself in danger, your passengers, the other vehicles on the roadway and the other people that may be out and about. We want to avoid crashes that is the end goal. That's where the safety aspect really is. Keeping people safe on the roads, not getting wrecks, not getting hurt or killed.

Bartenders at Howiee's on Front are even prepared to cut partiers off from having any more drinks to avoid any potentially dangerous situations.

“We don’t want to over-serve anybody. We want to make sure people are here having a fun, safe time and we’re going to provide a safe environment for them to be in,” Gomez said. “Our bartenders are well trained. In fact, we have trainings monthly for our bartenders on alcohol consumption so we insure that nobody is going to be overly intoxicated and that we will take care of them if it does get to that point."

Gomez added the bartenders will call a cab and wait with that person to make sure they get in and get home safely.

Here are some ways deputies recommend in order for you to have a safe New Year’s Eve:

  1. DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll celebrate, decide whether you're drinking or driving – choose only one and stick to it.
  2. WEED WARNING: Even though the recreational use of marijuana is legal for adults in Oregon, it is not legal (or safe) to drive while impaired by the drug.
  3. GETTING AROUND: Before you get to the party, know how you’re getting home. If you're the designated driver, don't drink. If you're impaired and your ride falls through, use a taxi or rideshare service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  4. PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.
  5. HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other transportation arrangements or offer them a place to stay.
  6. SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to make a report.

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