Bring In the New Year Safely

On New Year's Eve more than 200 Texans on parole from drunken driving and other alcohol-related offenses may get a phone call.

Parole officers will be working statewide to randomly call and visit parolees to make sure they're holding to a pledge.

Parolees had to sign pledges that they will not drive from 7 p.m. On New Year's Eve until 6 a.m. New Year's Day.

Law enforcement officers will be checking on the rest of us to make sure we're not driving intoxicated.

Officers expect to be dispatched to the routine New Year's Eve violations right before midnite. Sgt. Mack McKee expects, "The calls for the night shift officers will probably be firework complaints, drunk persons, probably some domestic violence, especially with the drinking and families together and probably a few bad wrecks."

McKee is concerned about people who fire guns at the stroke of midnight. The reminder is that it's against the law and the bullet that goes up, must come down. People have been hit by stray bullets.

Most celebrators select fireworks as a way to bring in the New Year. We will remind you once again that shooting fireworks in most city limits is against the law. If you fire them in rural areas be careful not to aim them at bystanders. Also avoid brushy areas where fires can begin.