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The message from the Wyoming Highway Patrol for New Year’s Eve is a very familiar one – if you drink, don’t drive.  Lieutenant Tom Kelly of the Jackson District of the patrol says troopers will be out in force tonight to assure those celebrating the new year in get home safely. Kelly points out that New Year’s Eve is traditionally a drinking holiday and unfortunately, some people make some poor decisions and choose to drive after they’ve been drinking.  Kelly says, “We try to increase our manpower out there to try to prevent anyone from getting hurt when people make those poor choices.  We’re not saying don’t drink – we’re saying don’t drive if you’re going to drink.”  Kelly urges New Year’s revelers to plan ahead, designate a sober driver to get you home safe or make use of some of the means of public transportation to get you home safely – like the local taxi services or START Bus.  Along with the increased enforcement effort, Kelly says the Wyoming Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help keep the State’s roadways safe by calling the Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately hotline number to report a suspected drunk driver.  That number is 800-442-9090. Callers should be prepared to provide the Patrol dispatcher with a description of the vehicle, its location, and direction of travel.

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