That means no drinking and driving, no shooting guns into the air in celebration, and no drunken fights at parties.
Forget survival of the fittest. Let’s all survive. Let’s keep our 2013 from being (for ourselves, at least), in the words of Thomas Hobbes, nasty, brutish and short.
There are plenty of reasons not to drink and drive. Many of them have badges.
Smith County Sheriff’s deputies, Tyler Police Department officers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will be out in force in an effort to cut down drunken driving.
The Texas Department of Public Safety will conduct focused DWI patrols in high-risk locations, according to a DPS statement.
“During the Christmas and New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made more than 1,100 DWI arrests, and approximately 350 were the direct result of the increased patrols,” that agency says. “DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 15,000 speeding citations, 2,000 seat belt/child safety seat citations and 18,000 other citations. In addition, troopers made 1,020 fugitive arrests and 623 felony arrests during routine patrol operations.”
On the weekend before New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, a multi-joint effort between the Smith County District Attorney s Office and police agencies from all over Smith County will participate in the No-Refusal DWI campaign once again.
Another stupid holiday tradition is shooting guns into the air in celebration. The bullets don’t magically disappear, you know. Injuries occur when those bullets fall to earth and that s just when the guns are pointed up. Many injuries and deaths happen because rifles, shotguns and pistols are simply pointed in another direction, with no thought given to what s in their path.
In Dallas 2009, there were 1,564 reports of random gunfire. Seriously, police have enough to do on New Year’s Eve without having to chase down armed party-goers who seem determined to shrink the human gene pool.
Finally, let’s all avoid those Jan. 2 headlines about fatal stabbings and shootings at New Year’s Eve parties. They’re all too common, but not inevitable.
Let’s remember the reason for the celebration the start of a brand new year, with a clean slate and a whole new set of possibilities.
The good news is the Mayans were wrong; the world didn’t in last Friday. We’ll get a 2013. Let s all be there for it.