Aiken police ask residents to be responsible, safe for New Year’s celebrations
Another year is coming to an end, bringing yet another round of New Year’s celebrations for many residents.
As always, local law enforcement expects to see people having a good time, blowing off steam over the weekend leading into New Year’s Eve on Monday; but they also offered up a few safety tips for residents planning to end 2018 with a bang.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety will be increasing patrol units in the City of Aiken through the weekend, and especially on Monday, said Lt. Jake Mahoney, with Aiken Public Safety.
“New Year’s Eve is, traditionally, a very busy night for us,” he said. “Plan ahead, have a designated driver or use public transportation.”
Aiken Taxi Transport is an easy, traditional option for anyone needing a safe ride after a night of drinking in Aiken.
Aiken Taxi can be reached by calling 803-507-TAXI (or 803-507-8294) and a driver will be sent directly to the caller’s location. Drivers accept cash or card as payment.
For individuals more comfortable using a cellphone application to catch a ride, Uber and Lyft drivers also are available in Aiken.
Apps for both Uber and Lyft can be downloaded directly to a smartphone. The apps allow users to input their destination, then choose the driver they want to come pick them up.
It is recommended people pre-download the app for either Uber or Lyft in order to complete the payment setup before heading out to planned New Year Eve festivities.
Aiken Public Safety will likely have checkpoints set up around the city through the weekend and on Monday night, Mahoney said.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol are also expected to be out in force looking for drunk and distracted drivers.
“Don’t drink and drive,” Mahoney said. “There is no problem with having a good time over the holidays – just be responsible. If you see a friend who has had too much to drink, don’t let them drive. Simple as that. Just help them find a safe ride home.”
Anyone who notices an impaired driver or has any other problem on the roadways can call 911 or *HP (*47) for assistance.