How to stay safe while celebrating New Year’s Eve

Downtown DeadwoodDEADWOOD, S.D. – With the annual ball drop at the Franklin Hotel happening Saturday night in Deadwood, a number of businesses also have celebrations and specials to enjoy until midnight.

While having fun is a good thing, it’s important to remember to stay safe and aware of what you’re doing and where you’re going.

Be aware of your surroundings:

Know what’s happening around you regardless of where you are, and keep an eye on the group that you came with. It is also important to not consume too much alcohol during the night.

One way to do this is having a glass of water between every drink. Keep in mind to not drink a lot right away as it might hit you all at once and become debilitating.

“Quite often people consume more alcohol than what they’ve realized they have, and so they become intoxicated much quicker than they thought they would,” Patrol Officer Sally Sprigler of Deadwood Police Department said.

Safety with drinks:

Here’s what you should keep in mind with drinks and what not to do with them:

  • Keep in mind how much you drink
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers.
  • Don’t put your drink down.
  • Don’t walk away from your drink.
  • Don’t consume anybody else’s drink.

“Common sense things like that,” Sprigler said. “Quite often people consume more alcohol than what they’ve realized they have, and so they become intoxicated much quicker than they thought they would. There are always incidences when people think they’ve been roofied or had something put in their drink. It’s just important to remain aware of your surroundings and drink responsibly. When you’ve had too much to drink, bad things happen that you don’t remember.”

If you’re with someone who has had a little too much to drink, you should help them get back home before either continuing or going home yourself.

Getting home:

“Our biggest concern with New Year’s Eve everywhere is people who drink and drive, and we always encourage people not to do that,” Sprigler said. “We don’t have a whole lot of incidences in Deadwood that are truly catastrophic, but it’s still important to be aware that there’s people here from all over the country. That’s not our normal Friday, Saturday night crowd.”

It’s important to be safe in the bar as well as getting back home. You can either walk, have a designated driver or call a taxi.

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