Posted at: 12/30/2012 10:59 PM
By: Dan Bazile
ALBANY - You have to survive New Year’s Eve in order to see the new year of 2013, and that's really what it's all about; safety to you and others trying to have a good time ringing in the new year.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple explains, “We don't want to be party poopers. We want everybody to go out and have a good time, enjoy yourselves. But just hold yourself accountable. Think about it. Have a good judgment.”
Good judgment usually goes out the window if you've had too much to drink, according to Sheriff Apple. It’s common knowledge alcohol is a staple of New Year’s Eve parties. Apple says make a plan beforehand to make sure you stay off the roadways if you've been drinking because the consequences could be dire.
He says, “It's not worth it. We certainly don't want to see somebody ruin their lives, go through the embarrassment, hopefully and not take a life. That’s the biggest thing. If you don't care about yourself, think about the others that are on the highway.”
There several ways you can home safely. Albany County has once again partnered with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti for the Safe Ride Program. You can call 1-800-LAW-1010 to request a ride home on New Year’s Eve between ten p.m and two a.m..
According to Apple, “Thank god we've never had a fatal on Safe Ride on New Year's eve. And we look forward to keeping that record going with no fatals, no personal injuries. That’s what we're trying to do.”
New year's eve revelers can also catch a CDTA bus free of charge. In addition, Apple says there are restaurants, tavern associations, and bars that are providing free rides home.
But, if you do decide to get on the road after boozing it up, you'll have to deal with the authorities. All municipalities in Albany County will saturate the roads with police and some checkpoints.
Apple explains, “It's not about getting the most DWI's. We don't want that number up. We want the number down. And if we have to keep using a deterrence model, that's what we'll keep using.”
There are many ways to get home safely free of charge and prevent a potential tragedy.