The Guymon Police Department wants everyone to celebrate the New Year but please celebrate responsibly. The following guidelines are to help reinforce what we tell everyone during the year.
•Designate a Driver: If you are going to be driving New Year’s Eve, don’t drink and drive. Having a designated driver can be the difference between life and death for not only the person drinking and driving but those in the car with them or an innocent bystander just trying to get home too.
•Be Aware: Be aware of your surroundings and how others are acting. Even if a drunken person isn’t riding with you; they still are a danger if they try to drink and drive. Do whatever you need to do, including calling the Police; to prevent someone you know is drunk from driving.
•Don’t Drive: If you don’t have to drive on New Year’s Eve, Please Don’t. Statistics show more people drive under the influence during holidays, so simply staying off the road is the best option. During the holidays more people drink because it is socially acceptable and that leads to more impaired drivers being on the road.
•Monitor your Alcohol Intake: Even if you aren’t driving you still need to monitor your alcohol intake. Alcohol fatalities can occur from the over indulgence of alcohol.
•Don’t Mix Alcohol and Drugs: You should strictly follow all medication guidelines to prevent any potential deadly effects of mixing alcohol and medication. Each year we have deaths caused by the mixture of alcohol with either prescription or illicit drugs. Please don’t let this happen to you, a family member or a friend.
•Firearms: Regardless of whether you are familiar with firearms or not; you should never handle firearms while you are drinking. The danger is just too great that a decision impaired by alcohol could result in the death of a friend or family member. In addition, you should NEVER shoot a rifle or handgun into the air. Many cultures use firearms to make noise around the holidays like we traditionally have used firecrackers. The danger of this is the fact that what goes up must come down. In 2002 a small child was killed by a bullet fired during a celebration and that is one of the reasons why it is not only illegal but dangerous.
•Fireworks – Fireworks are prohibited from being ignited in Guymon except on the Fourth of July. The safety of everyone is at stake so please do not fire them in Guymon.
The Guymon Police Department will continue to have extra officers out during the holidays to prevent as many alcohol related accidents as they can. However, the only true way to stop DUI accidents is to take Drunk Drivers off the street. For that to happen we need your help.
1) Take any action needed to keep a drunk driver from driving; even if it means they get mad at you.
2) Report anyone to the police that you think may be impaired and driving on the road.