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Are you making New Year’s resolutions? Here’s one:  resolve not to start the new year in jail–or worse, the hospital emergency room. If your New Year’s plans include alcohol, now is the time to plan your safe and sober ride home.

The Roseville Police Department and many other law enforcement agencies will have extra officers on the road New Year’s Eve, patrolling for impaired drivers. Here’s how to avoid a costly DUI arrest, or worse:

Your best plan is to designate a sober driver in advance, and give that person your keys BEFORE you start drinking. If you’re the designated driver, you shouldn’t drink alcohol at all.

If you’re hosting a party, be sure to offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages for your designated drivers and other non-drinkers.

If you’re impaired, call a taxi or a sober friend or family member for a safe ride home. Some local towing companies are offering free or discounted rides home on New Years Eve.

Call the Designated Driver’s Association of Sacramento at (916)335-5555. Their volunteers are available on New Year’s Eve to give you AND your vehicle a safe ride home.

Remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk. If you see impaired friends getting ready to drive, take their car keys and help arrange a safe ride home for them.

Finally, call 911 to report drunk drivers. You can help get a dangerous driver off the road.

Funding for Roseville’s special enforcement patrols is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.