Not a few toasts will be made as Ketchikan bids farewell to 2021 and welcomes in the new year at the end of this week.

The Alaska State Troopers and other authorities are asking that we do it safely.

And the community’s law enforcement will be out with increased enforcement to make that point.

The Troopers division started its annual holiday enforcement procedures on Dec. 16 and will carry through to Jan. 4.

The intent is to prevent and impede driving under the influence of alcohol and other impairing substances.

An increased presence of the Troopers and other enforcement will have an effect, but it isn’t the responsibility of only authorities — at least not the ones with a badge.

Parents and other adults are responsible, as well. When we see others driving or likely driving impaired, it is our duty to report to authorities.

It’s also our duty to protect our children, ensuring we know where they are over the holidays — especially on New Year’s Eve — and what they are doing. Even if our kids aren’t using mind-altering substances, they can be hurt by those who do. It happens.

It is wise to be particularly vigilant between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Not only is it a dangerous period because drinkers and others who imbibe often are behind the wheel of moving motor vehicles, but that is the most deadly time for pedestrians. Specifically because they are no match for moving vehicles that veer onto sidewalks and the shoulders of roadways.

In case of emergencies, it is likely cell phones will come in handy. It might be helpful to ensure that they are fully charged going into evening celebrations.

Finally, Troopers note that the best decisions might not be made in regard to social media in the midst of parties. Posting might be delayed until after a period of reflection.

Law enforcement’s public safety tips for the holidays aren’t meant to put a damper on the party. But they are offered in an attempt to ensure that the party is safe for all.

It’s the best way to start off 2022.

Happy New Year!