With a plethora of New Year’s festivals, performances, fireworks, and nightlife options, it is no wonder that Atlanta ranks third in the nation for places to ring in the New Year, according to AJC.com. With the crowds and craziness, it is a good idea to take some basic safety precautions before embarking on your celebration. Here are a few tips for having a safe New Year’s Eve in Atlanta.
#1: Get a designated driver.
There are more fatal alcohol-related accidents on New Year’s Eve than almost any other night of the year reports AAA. If you plan on drinking, make other transportation arrangements. There are lots of options available, including taxis, Uber, Lyft, Marta, and private designated driver services.
Use whichever you prefer — just do not mix alcohol with driving. Note: Service providers will get booked quickly for New Year’s, so make arrangements as early on as possible.
#2: Forgo the gunfire.
While appropriate gun use is certainly legal in Georgia, celebratory gunfire is not. The Atlanta Police Department (APD) is urging citizens to refrain from celebrating with gunfire because it can cause property damage, bodily injury, and even death once the bullets come back down.
Plus, celebratory gun fire is a misdemeanor crime in Georgia and can result in fines of up to $1,000.
#3 Be aware of your surroundings.
Whether you are going to a large crowded public venue, a private party, or other festivities, make sure to stay aware of your surroundings at all times.
Keep your personal effects secure, do not leave your drink unattended, always keep your cell phone handy, and make sure you stay in groups and ensure someone knows where you are at all times. This applies to both men and women.
#4: Secure your pets.
Fireworks and other loud noises can terrify pets. Scared pets may flee and get lost, get hit by cars, cause accidents, or even bite someone.
Make sure your pet’s ID and microchip are up to date, double check that your gates and fences are secure, and keep your pets inside with comforting music, if possible. If your pet has a history of anxiety resulting from loud noises, consider getting a tranquilizer prescription from the vet.
#5: Secure your car.
Secure your car to prevent theft. Criminals look for opportune moments like New Year’s Eve to break into cars and steal what they can. In addition to locking your doors, the APD recommends removing all valuables from your car including purses, cell phones, jewelry, GPS devices, laptops, tablet computers, firearms, and other valuables.
Fortunately, the APD has issued a zero tolerance policy for crimes during New Year’s Eve celebrations. They are increasing police presence in Downtown Atlanta, Midtown, and other high-traffic areas, and they plan to have officers visible on nearly every Downtown Atlanta street corner.
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