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Albany police step up street patrols for New Year's Eve

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Cpl. Dustin Hickox, Albany Police Department Cpl. Dustin Hickox, Albany Police Department
Erin Whatley, Event & Marketing Director Erin Whatley, Event & Marketing Director

Albany Police officers are stepping up patrols for drunk drivers as many of you gear up for the end of 2013.  And one Albany group is doing its part to help partiers bring in a safe New Year. 

Officers urge residents to stay off the roads.  But if you do decide to go out, they ask you to plan ahead.  New Year's Eve means lots of liquor sales.  And law enforcement has a clear message.

"The biggest thing is don't drink and drive," said Cpl. Dustin Hickox, Albany Police Department. 

Albany police have worked more than 100 wrecks in the last week.  While most of those were speed related, they say they don't want celebrations to end in tragedy. 

"Tonight I wouldn't go out on the road.  I'd stay home.  If you're going to a party, get there early and go ahead and spend the night there," Hickox said. 

But not everyone will stay home.  So Stewbos, an Albany group that owns the Merry Acres Inn along with several restaurants and bars, is helping out.

"Well, if we see that a patron is having a good time and might require a ride home, we usually ask them or try to get them either a cab or shuttle service," said Erin Whatley, Event & Marketing Director.

She said hotel guests and City Club Members can get rides in the company's vans or their new Mercedes Sprinter.

"We like to ensure that our patrons are safe and have a safe and sober ride home," Whatley said. 

Officers said even those throwing a party are responsible for any guests who head home drunk.

"So if you're a host, you know, see if you can get a designated driver to help get your guest home.  Of if you have a big enough house, have them spend the night," said Hickox.. 

But if you still decide to climb behind the wheel after a night of celebrations, officers said you could bring in the New Year wearing handcuffs. 

Police said hosts who allow their guests to drive home drunk could face civil actions if their guests get into a wreck.  Bottom line is find a designated driver.  

Officers ask you to report drunk drivers.

Whatley said patrons can sign up for their City Club program to get rides and other benefits for a monthly fee.  For more information, call (229)432-6092 or visit


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