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Police urge New Years Eve drinkers to use a designated driver

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With only hours to go until the clock strikes twelve, it's time to start thinking about how you are getting home from your New Years Eve plans.

Drive sober or get pulled over is a message police have been pushing for months, and are even more concerned about now as the midnight hour draws near.

"We've increased our patrols naturally because of New Years Eve and we have quite a few bars, restaurants in the city of Somers Point. But we have two officers designated only to the detection and arrest of DWI's if that's what it comes down to," said Chief Michael Boyd of the Somers Point Police Department.

The Somers Point Police Department is prepared for the holiday events, as Chief Michael Boyd say's his men will be patrolling the streets, especially around popular city bars, who say they are on board with the safety measures.

"We also make sure that our customers are aware that they can leave their car here in our ample parking lot over night and take a cab home."

Gregory Gregory says making sure his customers get home safe after drinking at his bar is one of the most important parts of the job. That's why he say's he supports anti drinking and driving initiatives like the "Hero campaign".

Any bar that is a supporter of the "Hero Campaign" will have a poster hanging inside of their establishment as a reminder to all customers to think twice before they drink and drive. In addition anyone who is a designated driver will be given free soft drinks for the entire night.

Bill Elliot who organized the "Hero Campaign" after losing his son in a drunk driving accident say's that being the designated driver not only make's you a hero, but the life of the party.

"If we can just save one life tonight it's all worth it."

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