Peoria Police ask NYE revelers to celebrate safely, get home in one piece

Published: Dec. 30, 2022 at 4:34 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Peoria Police are asking those celebrating New Year’s Eve to plan ahead so they can make it home in one piece.

Before the countdown, they suggest making a plan with your fellow partygoers - know who’s drinking and have a sober designated driver.

Plus, they suggest using ride shares, taxis and whatever other methods keep drunk drivers off the road.

Even if it’s the first offense, a DUI can cost you thousands in legal bills and your driver’s license for at least one year.

“I will remind people: act like adults and be smart... and be safe about it,” said Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria. “You’re not only hurting yourself. There are pedestrians out there, other vehicles out there, we want everybody to have a safe holiday.”

Echevarria says officers will be out in full force over the weekend to catch drunk drivers and other offenders.