The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding everyone to celebrate the new year, but do not drive intoxicated.
Last year, they reported 845 traffic crashes over the New Year’s holiday. As a result of those crashes nine people were killed and 291 people were injured. The Highway Patrol suggests planning out your holiday celebration to make sure you are not driving under the influence of alcohol.
“We recognize it’s New Years, it’s a celebration. Many people are going to choose to celebrate with alcohol. All we ask is very simple, have either a designated driver or have another way home,” says Sgt. John Lueckenhoff, Missouri State Hwy. Patrol.
Make sure your group has a designated driver if you plan to go out and celebrate the holiday. Do not get into a vehicle if you suspect the driver to be intoxicated. Utilize ride-share services or taxis to ensure you arrive at your destination safely.