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How to stay safe this New Year's Eve

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    "Our son was killed by a person who thought he was fine to drive after drinking for 10 hours straight," says Bill Elliott, Chairman of the Hero Campaign. 

    Unfortunately, Bill Elliott knows all too well the dangers of drinking and driving, which is why he and his wife started the Hero Campaign to get local taverns and bars to offer free soft drinks to designated drivers.

    "By offering a free soft drink and encouraging someone to be a designated driver, they could be saving a life," says Elliott.

    And Ducktown Tavern Owner, John Exadaktilos agrees, which is why he says he and his staff are ready to do whatever they can to keep their customers safe this New Year's Eve.

    "It's cheaper to get a cab and cheaper to pay someone to drive you than it is to hire an attorney," says John Exadaktilos, Owner of the Ducktown Tavern in Atlantic City.

    "And just to make sure that we get everyone home safe in a cab or if they have a designated driver, we'll feed them and give them a couple soft drinks to have," says Exadaktilos.

    If you plan on drinking this New Year's Eve, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety has some tips for you. If you're intoxicated, and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member bring you safely to your doorstep. Always buckle up regardless of your seating position. It's the best defense against an impaired driver.

    Be sure to report impaired drivers to local law enforcement or dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.

    "The best advice is if you want to have fun and not worry about it, not think about it, not think about getting arrested, not think about hurting yourself or somebody else...just make sure that somebody is with you who is not drinking," says Elliott.

    "There's just to much to lose. Hurting yourself, hurting somebody else, it's not worth it," says Exadaktilos.

    The staff at Ducktown Tavern also point out that those drinking should follow basic safety precautions.

    "Don't mix a lot of cocktails, stick with one to two items don't go all over the board. Make sure you rest before you go out, make sure you get something in your stomach before you go out," says Exadaktilos.

    Now the division also says if you've consumed alcohol, even just one drink, to take a taxi home or to call a sober friend to come and pick you up. 

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