Patrols to increase for a safe New Year’s Eve in Savannah

New Year's Eve preparations underway in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - With just one day away from New Year’s Eve and all the festivities that go along with it, Savannah Police want you to have a good time. While they want people to enjoy the holiday, they want them to do it safely.

SPD says they will have extra officers on patrol Tuesday night to make sure everyone can enjoy the New Year.

It's a big night out celebrating what happened in the last year and what lies ahead. But officers want to make sure it's not a ticket you're looking at.

"Enjoy yourself, but don't enjoy yourself too much," said Sgt. Jason Pagliaro, Special Events SPD.

Officers say they are bringing in extra patrols roaming by foot, car and more. With fewer events planned along River Street this year they will be spread out across town to keep everyone safe. But they also will be on the roads looking out for drunk drivers.

"Every traffic team within our traffic unit will be out working tomorrow night” said Lt. Brad Beddow, traffic commander for SPD. “We will be out looking for drunk drivers and we will show a zero tolerance for that."

Leaders with SPD say they do this for your safety. They have seen 14 fatal accidents this year and another 95 serious injuries and don't want any more.

"One is too many,” said Lt. Beddow. “It's not about making money, it's not about writing citations, it's about making the roadways safe."

They say you should make a plan before you go out to celebrate the new year. Call a cab, get a ride or use an app. It something Ryan takes seriously.

"As I grow older and wiser you know I'm thinking about not only my own personal safety, but the safety of those around me," said Ryan Hargraves who plans to go out for NYE.

The Chatham Area Transit can even help you stay safe and on a budget. Their rides are cheaper than some and will be running until 10 pm on NYE.

"Well if they are looking for a safe and affordable way to get downtown and not have to worry about looking for a parking space CAT is the way to do it," said Eric Curl, CAT communications manager and publications editor.

They say it's best to check their routes before you go as some of their services are limited for the holiday. While CAT can help during New Year’s Eve they won’t be in service on New Year’s Day.

Of course, drunk driving isn't all SPD will be looking for this New Year’s Eve, they say you need to abide by all the laws. That means not firing celebratory shots, using crosswalks, wearing your seatbelt, and putting the phone down while you drive. They also suggest you travel in a group and be aware of your surroundings this holiday.

SPD says they will be watching close to ensure all have a happy and safe start to 2020.

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