FREMONT – If you’re planning to head out on the town to ring in the new year, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind you: drive sober or get pulled over.
The DCSO will be conducting extra patrols and sobriety checkpoints tonight, both aimed at stopping impaired drivers before they hurt themselves or someone else. The extra enforcement is also meant to encourage motorists to have a plan in place if they do intend to drink.
“The terrible accidents we had in adjoining counties just kind of adds to the awareness that people need to slow down and drive safe through this time of year. Just to ensure we all have a safe holiday,” Dodge County Sheriff Steve Hespen said.
- Have a designated sober driver.
- Call a cab or rideshare like Uber or Lyft.
- Leave your car at home. Carpool, cab or rideshare to the celebration, so that you won’t be tempted to drive yourself home later.
- If you’re hosting a gathering at home, encourage your guests to stay with you if they’ve had too many.
- Don’t overserve alcohol, and make sure plenty of food is available.
- Don’t overindulge.
- Speak up: don’t let someone drive drunk. Offer to call them a ride, and remind them that the DSCO is patrolling.
This special enforcement runs through January 1st, and two sobriety checkpoints will be conducted on New Year’s Eve. One will be located on 23rd Street at Colorado Avenue in Fremont, and the other will be on Highway 77 at Cathy Street, just north of Fremont.
During the checkpoints, drivers will be asked to provide a driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Drivers will also be screened for impaired driving.