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Law enforcement ready for New Year's crowd

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As people are getting ready to ring in 2015...law enforcement will be out making sure the new year doesn't get out of hand and the roadways are safe.

As people are getting ready to ring in 2015, law enforcement will be out making sure the new year doesn't get out of hand and the roadways are safe.

For the next several hours wine shops and liquor stores will be overflowing with customers ready to ring in 2015. New Year's Eve is considered their busiest time of the year.

"Chaos, It's all at one time, everything has to be organized, everybody has to work together,"Ace's Liquor store manager Billy Davis said.

He says to come early because it can become overwhelming.

"We just try to get them in and out as fast as we can," Davis said.

But package stores aren't the only places that will be seeing lots of traffic, law enforcement will be out in force on the lookout for drunk drivers.

"If you're going to drink, don't drive," Brian Covington of Albany Police said. "If you're going to drive, don't drink."

A DUI arrest will land you in jail on top of thousands of dollars worth in fines. Its much cheaper to designate a driver or call a cab.

"Use taxi cabs services that are provided for you, use another driver that has not been drinking at all."

Police will also be on the lookout for anyone discharging firearms or setting off fireworks, they say it's not only dangerous but against the law.

"Because we know that what goes up must come down," Covington continued. "And there have documented cases throughout this country where bullets have come down and either injured or killed people."

However, not everyone will be celebrating the same way. Albany resident Michelle Hicks says she will be attending night watch services this evening, a tradition in her family.

"I remember when I was younger I used to have other ideas but now that I've grown up, I look at things in a better light now," Hicks shared.

Officials say they want everyone to have a good time but to be safe while doing it.

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