New Year's Eve is upon us, and many will ring in 2007 with parties, champagne and noisemakers. The Bellevue Police Department encourages residents to avoid another seasonal activity – driving under the influence of alcohol
If you plan on celebrating with alcohol Sunday night, plan ahead how you will get home safely. A designated driver, a taxi, calling a sober friend or staying where you are overnight are all preferable to being arrested or worse, causing an injury or fatality on the road. If all else fails, consider not drinking at all.
The rate of violent crime in Bellevue is so low that traffic fatalities are the most common type of untimely death here. Rigid enforcement of the DUI laws reduces both injuries and deaths from wrecks, so Bellevue Police make every effort to remove offenders from the roads before they can cause irreparable damage.
To that end, Bellevue Police will join other police departments around the region in bolstering patrols over the weekend. Additional officers, assigned solely to DUI enforcement, will take to the streets. This task force's efforts pay off, with increased arrests and, therefore, safer streets.
It only takes one short-sighted, bad decision to bring about a lifetime of regret. With freezing weather and sometimes treacherous road conditions, no driver can afford to reduce their reaction time and reflexes by drinking before getting behind the wheel.
The Bellevue Police Department and all at City Hall wish you a safe and enjoyable New Year.
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