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Planning Ahead for New Years

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To make sure you arrive into the new year alive, Joplin bars and beer distributors are teaming up.

2013 is just a day away and a lot of you may be planning to ring in the new year by attending celebration parties, toasting with maybe one too many.

New Years celebrations and alcoholic beverages usually go hand in hand. Bars and restaurant operators say you can get home safe and sound with help from Budweiser and area taxi services.

"We partner with a company called Missouri eagle it's a budweiser dealership in Joplin and they put out what they call a cab coupon and that's a good for a ride home if the person has had too much to drink" says AAA Taxi dispatcher Mike Crowe.

Local eateries and bars like Buffalo Wild Wings will be handing out these free cab vouchers, one per person.

"We just want to make sure everyone is taken care of we do want you to be returning guests obviously and if you leave here drinking and driving you might not end up here tomorrow because you might go to jail so we would rather get you home safe that way everything is ok" says manager Brittany Tressler.

Corporal Tyler Christensen with Joplin police says 63 cars were stopped last New Years Eve, but there was only one DWI.

He says there will not be check points this year , but there will be around 26 officers on duty to make sure drunk drivers are off the road.

"We add extra officers they help focus with the high call volume on that night and we have officers that are designated to focus on DWI enforcement and they will spend time focusing on high significant areas. We don't want to limit anyone's celebration we just want to try and maintain the order and keep everyone safe" says Corporal Christensen.

If you do plan to ring in the New Year with a few drinks, Joplin police say to plan ahead, wether it's a designative driver or a taxi and celebrate responsibly.

The AAA coupon is only good for a ride home, not to go from one party destination to another.

For those traveling inside Joplin city limits, the coupon allows for a free ride home but it will cost those outside city limits at a discounted rate.

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