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If you plan on saying hello to 2023 with a few cocktails, don’t be a dummy.

I feel silly writing about something that’s obvious to most grownups, but for those who need to hear it, here goes: If you plan on ringing in the new year with a few adult beverages, don’t get behind the wheel.

I don’t want you to die and I definitely don’t want you to kill someone else while you’re driving drunk. That would be a terrible start to the new year.

Captain James Gresham with the Stephenville Police Department doesn’t want that either, which is why he suggested a reminder about the dangers of drinking and driving.

“New Year’s Eve is the best night of the year to plan ahead,” he told Beneath the Surface News. “If you plan to go out and have a good time, make a safe ride home part of that plan.”

Gresham said extra patrol officers will be on the streets Saturday night looking for drunk drivers.

Last New Year’s Eve, police arrested one woman for DWI after she crashed into a pole, then fled on foot.

“She didn’t get far before Officer Stone caught up with her,” Gresham said.

(Driving drunk is hard, running is harder.)

Don’t be that woman.

Now go and have yourselves a safe and happy new year.


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