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Law Enforcement increasing DUI checkpoints this New Year

Every year over 10,000 people are killed in crashes involving alcohol with the New Year holiday as the most dangerous for drunk driving.
The Houston County Sheriff's Office, Dothan Police Department and Alabama State Troopers will have various DUI checkpoints throughout the county this New Year's Eve
The Houston County Sheriff's Office, Dothan Police Department and Alabama State Troopers will have various DUI checkpoints throughout the county this New Year's Eve


New Year's Eve is always an exciting night but it can quickly become a dangerous one. Law enforcement is making preparations for the holiday and they're reminding you to plan ahead for a safe night.

 Every year over 10,000 people are killed in crashes involving alcohol with the New Year holiday as the most dangerous for drunk driving. To keep the roads safe this year, the Houston County Sheriff's Office, State Troopers and Dothan Police will have DUI checkpoints throughout the county.

"We'll be there for the purpose of deterring. Making people think twice, sometimes three times, to not get behind that wheel while intoxicated," said Captain Antonio Gonzalez, Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

Studies show the average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of one drink per hour but Captain Gonzalez says even if you only plan to have one drink you should still make plans for a designated driver.

"If you are stopped and you take the test whether it be a field sobriety test or if you're taken in for a test, if you fail that test then you're still going to incur the expenses of court and being arrested and bond, bonding yourself out, bonding your car out.. It's not worth it; not for one drink," said Gonzalez.

And if you're hosting a party be sure to keep an eye on guests.

“If something happens you could be sitting in that same seat in that liability issue," Gonzalez said.

 He says even if your guest thinks they're okay to drive, it's your responsibility to keep them off the road. That decision could save their life and keep other drivers safe.

Authorities are also reminding people to be careful if using fireworks and remember, they're only allowed outside of Dothan city limits.

Carolyn Brewster is a multimedia journalist at WDHN follow her @CarolynWDHN or email her Carolyn@WDHN.com

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