As we all prepare to ring in the new year, the Texas Department of Public Safety has urged folks to play it safe.
New Year's Eve is infamous for alcohol-related traffic fatalities. DPS Corporal John Gonzalez said however you plan to celebrate, think of a game plan ahead of time, because troopers will be out.
"If you're hosting a party, we hope that you would take up their keys just like you would take up their coats and hats," Gonzalez said. "Evaluate your folks before they leave the party. Stop serving alcohol one or two hours before your event's over. Have designated drivers there as well. If you can stay, stay the night there. Call a taxi or someone that hasn't been drinking to come get you, but don't get behind the wheel after you've been drinking."
Corporal Gonzalez also stressed the consequences of a DWI. A first-time charge usually amounts to about $10,000.