Staying Safe on New Year’s Eve in Walton County

Every New Year's Eve thousands go out to celebrate.

Unfortunately, many of those people decide to drink and then get behind the wheel.

"Last year it was pretty busy,” said Catherine Rodriguez, Public Information Officer for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

This year Walton County Sheriff's deputies will be stepping up their game, putting more officers out on patrol.

"That's why in certain areas we get extra personnel,” said Rodriguez. “This year we will have more officers in highly populated areas. For those drinking make sure you have a designated driver or call a cab."

That's where Bryan Booth comes in.

Booth owns Shoreline Taxi, and he and his crew will be working that night to make sure those celebrating New Year's Eve get home safely.

"Last year we had eight taxi's and gave 110 rides,” said Booth. “This year we will have nine taxi’s, averaging about 30 dollars a ride, a lot better than getting a DUI."

"Be considerate of those others on the road, because more times than not if you don't use that good judgment it can not only hurt yourself, but somebody else,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez says the fees alone, for a DUI can cost you nearly $6,000.

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