Anyone planning to celebrate New Year's Eve in Columbia County might want to adopt some early resolutions - minimal drinking, no fireworks and keeping quiet.
While Columbia County sheriff's Maj. Rick Whitaker would not say how many deputies will on the road tonight, he did admit that there will be an increased police presence.
However, because New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday, Whitaker expects a calmer celebration than usual.
"To me, it will be easier, because a lot of people will be celebrating with their families," he said. "You probably won't have a large crowd out on the roads drinking."
In general, Whitaker said he has witnessed less drinking and driving incidents recently on New Year's Eve.
"Over the years, we've seen a rise in folks using a designated driver," he said. "A lot more people are going out in groups, so they can have someone drive and be safe."
Sheriff's office statistics show that the annual number of arrests for driving under the influence have fallen each year for the past five years in Columbia County.
Sidetrack Bar and Grill bartender Glenda Fraley also expects a tamer New Year's Eve compared to years past.
"I think there will be a minimal crowd, because it's on a Sunday," she said. "A lot of people will probably just do the home parties, which is much safer."
However, those who do attend an open restaurant in the county serving alcohol can't drink beyond 11:30 p.m., Fraley said.
"That's state law," she said.
"It will help cutback on DUIs, because it's a short period of time compared to 2 or 3 a.m. as the standard closing time," Fraley added.
Like driving while intoxicated, fireworks are also illegal in Columbia County, Whitaker said, although he said he expects many residents will still set off fireworks as midnight approaches.
"We hit as many places as we can, but everybody is wanting to celebrate and (fireworks) are easy to get hold of, so it can be tough," he said.
While the fireworks may be loud, Whitaker is asking the public to keep the party noise down.
County ordinances dictate minimal outdoor noise past 11 p.m., he said.
"Just be reasonable and try not to disturb anybody else," he said. "If we're not receiving any complaints, it won't be a big deal."
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