NEWBERRY — New Year’s Eve can be a fun and exciting holiday — a time to reflect on the year passed and make plans for the upcoming year.
Unfortunately, this time of year can be a busy time of year for law enforcement, according to Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster.
Foster said that the most important thing to remember if heading out to a party is to have a designated driver.
“If you’re going to go to a party and consume alcohol, have a designated driver that has not been drinking,” he said.
According to Foster, two beers or liquor drinks would put a person over the legal limit of .08 on a breathalyzer test. If associated with persons under the age of 18, Foster said the limit is .01, or if other things were involved such as drugs, they could test lower and still be charged with a DUI.
Foster stressed the importance of having a designated driver that has not had anything to drink, rather than the common thought that the driver would mean someone who has had the least to drink.
This holiday, Foster said there will be checkpoints throughout Newberry County. The Highway Patrol and Sheriff’s offices will be stationed in various locations. There will also be extra officers on patrol to look for people under the influence.
Foster said when alcohol is mixed with large crowds, they also will be on the lookout for disturbances.
“You can have a great New Year’s Eve if you just follow the rules,” Foster said. “Contrary to popular belief, we don’t want anyone in jail or hurt.”
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.