With the new year just around the corner, officials say it is important to consider a few safety measures and have a plan before going out to celebrate.


Ardmore Police Department Captain Eric Hamblin said the department occasionally sees an increase in public intoxication and impaired drivers on New Years Eve— incidents which could be prevented by having a designated driver.


“It depends on the year and a lot of it depends on the weather,” Hamblin said. “I think it is possible that we do see a few more impaired drivers or intoxicated drivers and people drinking when they wouldn’t normally drink. We do see some increase in public intox.”


“If you drink, don’t drive”, Hamblin said. Individuals should always make arrangements to have a friend, family member or ride share service pick them up. “There are several places that you can call to come get you,” he said, including ride share apps such as Uber and Lyft.


Simply not getting behind the wheel while impaired, whether its alcohol or marijuana, is one of the main ways to prevent deadly accidents. However, there are a few other tips to keep in mind to remain safe during holiday celebrations.


“Certainly first and foremost is to pay attention to your surroundings and never leave your drink— always pay attention to your drink,” Hamblin said. “Don’t let people buy drinks for you, don’t drink a drink that you didn’t watch get made or don’t know where it came from and don’t leave your drinks unattended.”


Individuals should always make sure they are with people they can trust while intoxicated, Hamblin said. Unfortunately, the department has occasionally responded to situations that turned bad when an individual went somewhere with people they didn’t know.


“Don’t go to house parties, don’t go to a secondary location with people that you don’t know,” Hamblin said.


And while the use of fireworks is illegal within Ardmore city limits, there are areas of town where Ardmore Fire Department Fire Marshall Tim Lee said they have occasionally had problems on New Years Eve.


Lee said the conditions this year have been especially dry and dangerous, with several grass fires sparking up around Carter County and beyond. Individuals should remember to practice routine safety measures if they do chose to use fireworks as a small fire can spread very quickly.


Fireworks should always be kept away from people, houses and flammable materials such as dry vegetation; and adults should remain aware, supervise children and refrain from drinking. Sparklers, for example, can reach temperatures hot enough to cause third degree burns. When done with the devices, individuals should douse them in water.


With these tips in mind, individuals should be able to safely bring in the new year. “Stick with your friends, know where you’re going to go, have a good time, and then go home,” Hamblin said. With the new year just around the corner, officials say it is important to consider a few safety measures and have a plan before going out to celebrate.


Ardmore Police Department Captain Eric Hamblin said the department occasionally sees an increase in public intoxication and impaired drivers on New Years Eve— incidents which could be prevented by having a designated driver.


“It depends on the year and a lot of it depends on the weather,” Hamblin said. “I think it is possible that we do see a few more impaired drivers or intoxicated drivers and people drinking when they wouldn’t normally drink. We do see some increase in public intox.”


“If you drink, don’t drive”, Hamblin said. Individuals should always make arrangements to have a friend, family member or ride share service pick them up. “There are several places that you can call to come get you,” he said, including ride share apps such as Uber and Lyft.


Simply not getting behind the wheel while impaired, whether it’s alcohol or marijuana, is one of the main ways to prevent deadly accidents. However, there are a few other tips to keep in mind to remain safe during holiday celebrations.


“Certainly first and foremost is to pay attention to your surroundings and never leave your drink— always pay attention to your drink,” Hamblin said. “Don’t let people buy drinks for you, don’t drink a drink that you didn’t watch get made or don’t know where it came from and don’t leave your drinks unattended.”


Individuals should always make sure they are with people they can trust while intoxicated, Hamblin said. Unfortunately, the department has occasionally responded to situations that turned bad when an individual went somewhere with people they didn’t know.


“Don’t go to house parties, don’t go to a secondary location with people that you don’t know,” Hamblin said.


And while the use of fireworks is illegal within Ardmore city limits, there are areas of town where Ardmore Fire Department Fire Marshall Tim Lee said they have occasionally had problems on New Year’s Eve.


Lee said the conditions this year have been especially dry and dangerous, with several grass fires sparking up around Carter County and beyond. Individuals should remember to practice routine safety measures if they do choose to use fireworks as a small fire can spread very quickly.


Fireworks should always be kept away from people, houses and flammable materials such as dry vegetation; and adults should remain aware, supervise children and refrain from drinking. Sparklers, for example, can reach temperatures hot enough to cause third degree burns. When done with the devices, individuals should douse them in water.


With these tips in mind, individuals should be able to safely bring in the new year. “Stick with your friends, know where you’re going to go, have a good time, and then go home,” Hamblin said.