Dec 31, 2014 3:51 PM
NH State Police offer tips for staying safe on New Year's Eve
CONCORD - State Police Director Colonel Robert Quinn announced in a press release that troopers will be out in "full force" in anticipation of impaired drivers from New Year's Eve festivities.
Quinn stated that troopers will be conducting DUI patrols throughout the state and experts skilled in the detection of impaired drivers will be assisting keeping impaired drivers off the roads.
In 2014, New Hampshire saw 86 fatal crashes with 92 deaths, 28 percent of them being directly related to alcohol and/or drug impairment, State Police said.
While these numbers are down from years past, Quinn would like to ensure safe travel throughout the Granite State.
State Police recommend the following tips for staying safe on New Year's Eve:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
- If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
- Use your community's "Sober Rides" program, where available.
- If you notice a vehicle operating erratically and suspect an impaired driver, contact law enforcement by calling 911.
- If someone you know is about to drive while impaired, take his or her keys and help him or her make arrangements to get home safely.