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More Winter Weather As People Ring In The New Year


    New snow on the ground as we ring in the new year and, since many people were out and about celebrating Tuesday night, local law enforcement officers said safety was even more of a concern. That goes for in town and in the rural areas.
     Local officers on duty had a lot more than the normal crack down on drunk driving and other laws to worry about this New Year. 
     "We want to see everybody get home safely, enjoy the night, and be able to start the new year off right," said Scott County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Lage.
     As 2013 came to an end Deputy Lage was out on the road watching out for those who maybe shouldn't be. In his experience New Year's Eve is a night when many people are a little more self conscious about staying safe.
     "I believe on new years eve there's a lot more options available. I believe there's more taxis or cab rides available, friends are more likely to help out and be the designated driver," he said.
     But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about 40 percent of car accident deaths during the New Year's holiday involve a drunk driver. Since Mother Nature had her own plans for ringing in 2014 in the Quad Cities area, that was an extra variable to think about if you're heading to and from new years festivities.
     "You throw in the weather conditions and it makes it that much more difficult to get home or get to where they're going if they are under the influence or impaired." said Lage.
     Deputy Lage says the rural areas can be particularly tricky during winter weather with blowing and drifting snow. It's something crews were dealing with Monday night and they expected to see more of the same issues on New Year's Eve.
     He hoped for revelers to not only use common sense and utilize a designated driver, but that whomever got behind the wheel at the end of the night kept cognizant of weather and road conditions.
     In Illinois, more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the state planned to patrol the roads to prevent fatal crashes. The added man power was funded by federal money through the state Department of Transportation.


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