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12/30/2013
Plan to be safe

Be careful out there.

This is the week of New Year's and celebrations marking the beginning of 2013 (scratch that) 2014; it will take a while to become accustomed to writing the new year correctly.

But, let the mistakes be in writing and not in driving.

The celebrating will begin Tuesday. For some, the starting time will be early. Others will go late.

Local bars and restaurants will be offering all manner of food and beverage. Guests will be invited into homes for similar fare.

Alcoholic beverages are often offered, and these frequently wreak the most havoc.

The best way to avoid the havoc is not to drink alcohol, but that won't be everyone's choice. The next best way to steer clear of unwanted consequences of alcohol consumption is to arrange for a non-drinking designated driver, which might be a friend, a spouse, a host or a taxicab.

This will help the drinker and those whom the driver, if behind an automobile's wheel, would encounter. It is careless to risk one's life; it is reprehensible to do the same with that of another's.

Not only should the partier plan in advance to avoid disaster, but anyone driving on and around New Year's should drive defensively, realizing the increased likelihood of intoxicated drivers.

Alaska State Troopers and Ketchikan police also will be out in force over the New Year's holiday. While their service is appreciated, it would be best if they wouldn't need to be called upon.

Let's be responsible, and make this a safe holiday and happy entry into 2014.

Happy New Year!