Five ways to stay safe during New Year’s Eve

This Saturday, crowds of revelers will pack midtown and downtown Sacramento’s streets, ready to bid farewell to 2016 and ring in the New Year with a drink in hand.


Unfortunately, late-night barhopping or even at-home celebrations come with potentially deadly — but avoidable —risks. With parties and drink specials at every bar in town, it’s easy to get swept up in celebration and push it too far.

Local law enforcement takes New Year’s seriously and will have extra officers stationed in busy areas, said Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Linda Matthew. Fifty officers will patrol Old Sacramento Saturday night, while other police watch over bars around downtown and midtown.

The Sacramento Fire Department will also have personnel on the streets, said spokesman Chris Harvey. The department sees a higher than usual number of injuries that night, largely due to drunken driving and other poor judgment calls.

“People have a tendency to overindulge on New Year’s Eve – they’re celebrating,” he said. “By all accounts, 2016 has been a particularly bad year for a number of people. There are normal health risks associated with overconsumption – illness, disorientation, accidents in the home. Just take it easy. Make sure you’re doing everything in moderation.”

Here are some other tips for staying healthy and happy while you usher in 2017:

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