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Metro Police Want Everyone To Celebrate New Year's Eve Safely

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New Year's Eve celebrations will get underway about twenty-four hours from now - and thousands are expected to be out across the area celebrating. Metro Police will also be out and about making sure that celebrating is done safely. No one wants to start 2014 with a tragedy or behind bars. Metro Police say staying safe and out of trouble means taking some precautions and obeying the rules if you plan on heading out to ring in the New Year on Tuesday.

There will be parties throughout the city -- some of the biggest drawing crowds to River Street and City Market. Metro Police say if you plan to enjoy those celebrations with an alcoholic beverage, please do so responsibly. Lt. Gregory Mitchell says, "We want our citizens to have a safe and productive new year and we don't want to start off with a serious injury or fatality, so don't drink and drive. You can't control the motor vehicle if you're under the influence, you can't control it safely." If you do drink and drive, prepare to be caught. Officers will be out in force looking for those who are impaired.

Metro Police are also concerned for the safety of those walking this New Year's Eve. Two pedestrians were struck by a car downtown a few days ago -- a harsh reminder to both drivers and pedestrians to use caution on the roadways. "In the downtown festival area - where you have a lot of pedestrians walking - you have a lot of motor vehicles. It can be a dangerous mix - particularly during hours of darkness - because depending on the type of clothing that you're wearing, you may not be as visible to a driver," says Lt. Mitchell.

But that's not the only things they'll likely be responding to New Year's Eve says Lt. Mitchell, "A lot of folks like to celebrate by discharging firearms into the air - along with fireworks. We strongly discourage that because if you discharge a weapon - what goes up indeed does come down - and we don't want projectiles coming down and injuring people." The same rules apply for fireworks year round - nothing that shoots into the air is allowed here. Getting caught using outlawed fireworks or shooting a gun into the air is a violation of city ordinance that can result in a fine of up to a thousand dollars or up to a year in jail. Depending on circumstances - shooting off a firearm can also bring a charge of "reckless conduct" which is a violation of state law.

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