Deputies: Be alert during New Year’s Eve celebrations

The high volume of traffic on Lone Oak Road makes it one of the busiest roads to patrol, according to McCracken County Deputy Jerry Jones.

“A lot of traffic in a days time goes up and down Lone Oak Road,” he said during a ride along with Local 6.

That also means it has the potential of being one of the most traveled roads for New Year’s celebrations.  So if you see anything out of the ordinary, he urges you to pick up the phone.  “If you see a driver that you believe is impaired, please give the Sheriff’s Department a call,” he said.

That behavior and responsibility goes beyond just the roads.  Jones said you should keep an eye on family and friends in all types of settings.

“If you’re at a gathering in a party and you see someone who is impaired and you can prevent them from driving, please do so,” Jones told Local 6.

Places like Fat Moe’s have plans in place to keep intoxicated people off the streets.  Bartender Phil Whitnel said the employees share that responsibility.  “We always make sure they have a safe drive home or a taxi cab,” Whitnel said.

New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year along with Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day, according to Whitnel.  Bars can be held liable if they allow customers to leave with their keys.

“Looking for somebody that maybe just all over the place, falling on themselves, staggering around.  Sometimes you even find someone with their head asleep,” Whitnel said.

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