New Year’s is a fun and joyous holiday, but poor choices can lead to dangerous or tragic outcomes. The Highland Park Police Department reminds residents to enjoy celebrations with friends and family safely by following the guidelines below.
Don’t Leave Your Drink UnattendedKeep an eye on your beverage at all times and don’t accept beverages from strangers which you did not see poured yourself. If you are heading to a large event, you most likely do not know everyone at the party. Be safe, watch your drink, stay hydrated and monitor your alcohol intake.
Don’t Drink and DriveStatistics show that drinking and driving accidents increase over the holidays. If you plan to drink, make arrangements to have a sober driver; have a sober friend or family member pick you up, download a ride share app on your phone, call a taxi or sleep where you are drinking. If your friend seems too drunk to drive, take their keys and make arrangements.
Be Aware of Your SurroundingsBe alert to how others are acting and stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm. If someone is really intoxicated, prevent them from trying to drive or call for help. Stick to the buddy system in large crowds and never leave with anyone you don’t know.
Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals Don't use fireworks or firearms to ring in the New Year. Familiarize yourself with Illinois Firework laws by clicking here.
Pay Extra Attention to PetsNothing scares a pet more than a sudden loud noise and large groups of people. Keep your pet(s) inside and ensure all gates and doors are secure. Also, make sure updated tags are on your pet’s collar with current contact information.
Have a happy, healthy, and safe 2017!