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The Traditions of New Years Eve Can Include Some Serious Consequences

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 30 Dec 2010 02:00pm | comments

New Years Eve Party goers who have a little too much to drink can get a safe, free ride home tonight. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports on the efforts of SafeKids Mississippi and American Medical Response.

Thousands of Mississippians will spend tonight popping the corks on their favorite bottle of Champaign or other alcoholic beverages to ring in the new year. But that won’t be the case for Jackson resident Beneta Burt.

"Well my plans are gonna be pretty sedate, I'm just gonna be bringing in the New Year in a very quiet. quiet manor."

Jim Pollard with American medical Response says he wish more people would bring in the new year like Burt because he says last year more than 245 people lost their lives to fatal automobile crashes that were all alcohol related.

"DUI causes a great many a deaths and permanent disabilities those are injuries and deaths that are completely preventable. If folks will follow the advice that's been given for years now and I think more and more folks are following, use designated drivers and to sleep it off before getting behind the wheel."

While many new years eve revelers are sure to over indulge. Michael Hughes with SafeKids Mississippi says his organization has a safe alternative.

"We wanna provide em an alternative way to get back home to their children, to their grand children. to their little brothers and sisters safely."

The free rides home will be available from 11pm until 3am to anyone in need in the Jackson Metro area.. Most bars and restaurants should have the SafeKids free rides home number posted. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.




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