As 2009 comes to a close and the holiday season winds down, the Chula Vista Police Department offers the following safety tips for a happy – and safe—New Year’s Eve:
- Don’t drink and drive. However, if you catch a buzz, catch a ride. Plan ahead to book a taxi or designate a reliable driver to ensure you and your friends get home safely.
- Make a plan as to how many drinks you will have and stick to it by monitoring your alcohol consumption; alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at a sensible pace.
- Eat before and during drinking.
- A drink should never be left unattended. If you leave the room to the use the bathroom, empty or finish your drink.
- Get involved in other activities, for example playing pool or dancing.
- Only accept drinks from people you trust. Watch staff members as they make your drink.
- If someone offers to buy you a drink, go up to the bar with that person and accept the drink there.
- Look after your friends and make sure they’ll look after you.
- Have a network of people who will assist you in an emergency and let them know where you are going and when you are likely to return.
- If you feel woozy or unexplainably intoxicated, go to a friend immediately and let them know. You may need medical attention quicker than you realize.
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. If you feel threatened or find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, leave immediately and go to a place where you feel safe.
- Trust your instincts and recognize warning signs of trouble.
- Consider the necessity of the items you are carrying in your handbag or wallet, and try to keep valuables to a minimum.
- Personal safety can be compromised at large gatherings. However, there is strength in numbers. Stay in groups of familiar people at parties or large gatherings.
- While police will be out in force, they cannot prevent spur-of-the-moment interactions between individuals. If you get into a potentially aggressive situation, walk away, one punch can kill.
- Do not discharge firearms. A bullet fired in the air can remain in flight for more than a minute, resulting in deadly consequences if it strikes someone. You could be charged with a homicide.
- Do not use fireworks. They are illegal in Chula Vista and could lead to injury or damage to property.
- As with any holiday, law enforcement efforts for highway safety will be increased.
- Please always wear safety belts and again NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE.
Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!
Chief of Police
Chula Vista Police Department
315 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Police Public Information Office