No refusal weekend leading up to New Years

TYLER (KYTX) - Before you pick out your New Years Eve outfit and pour a drink, you may want to make sure you have a ride home.

Police all over East Texas are looking for drunk drivers, and they're not taking no for an answer this weekend.

Each year we count down and toast to a new year.

"Have fun with the family, be safe, be responsible and just watch the ball drop," says John Harvey.

Harvey says it's tradition for his family to ring in the new year together.

"Maybe a little wine, a little beer. Got some beer in town now, maybe drink a couple of those," says Harvey.

That addition to the city limits arrived Friday and has Tyler police changing some things they watch for no refusal weekend.

"Before we would previously watch neighborhoods for parties and the clubs, now be watching gas stations and stuff like that better because where the alcohol is sold now," says Sgt. Daniel Richardson with Tyler Police.

Sgt. Richardson says it all comes down to being safe on the roads, because drinking too much can impair your driving.

"It's very common to have a lot of intoxicated people driving around during the holidays, especially new years. Everybody's out having a good time," says Sgt. Richardson.

If a person my size were to have 2 bottles of beer in about an hour, that would put them at .05, which could impair their coordination and make it hard to steer. If they had 4 beers in 2 hours, that would put them over the legal limit and they could be taken to jail and charged.

"Have a designated driver, or stay where you're at, ride it out and wait until the morning. Not worth getting out on the road.," says Harvey.

Because being the passenger, and not the driver, could keep you watching the ball drop for years to come.

If you're looking for a way home, and don't have a designated driver, some taxi services will give you a ride for free.


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