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Police Remind People To Ring In New Year Responsibly

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Officials in mid-Michigan want to remind everyone to celebrate the New Year responsibly. There will be extra patrols making sure people don't drink and drive.

"They'll be down in the bar, downtown East Lansing. They'll be patrolling the streets after the bars close. The safest thing to do is if you've been drinking, either get a ride with somebody else that hasn't been drinking, or take advantage of one of the many cab services in East Lansing," said Capt. Jeffrey Murphy with ELPD.



Getting busted for drinking and driving can leave you with a heavy fine and a criminal record.


"Up to 90 day misdemeanor. Up to a $500 fine. Plus the court sometimes charges court costs. Plus a lifetime criminal record just for one night of bad decisions," said Capt. Murphy.

East Lansing Attorney Mike Nichols says one bad decision is treating your drinking limit the same as your friends.

"There's no specific number of drinks that a person can have. Everybody's different. If you feel like you're okay, that doesn't necessarily mean you're legal because a prosecutor can still convict you of drunk driving if you're at or above point 0.8 per 210 liters of your breath," said Nichols.

"If you're planning on going out and drinking, just have a plan. Have a plan more than the drinking. Have a plan on how to get home safely," said Capt. Murphy.

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