NYE: Have plan for the end of the night before you leave
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Authorities in Portland are hoping everyone out celebrating on New Year's Eve makes it home safe and sound, and they are offering free or discounted rides to help make that a possibility.
Out of sheer curiosity, Portland Fire and Rescue Lt. Tommy Schroeder looked up how many traffic crashes they responded to after midnight on New Year's Eve last year. He says PF&R units were at eight crashes in a five hour period, but this year he hopes to wake up on Jan. 1 and see that number be zero.
Schroeder says the best way to have a safe New Year's Eve is to have a plan.
"I think it's incumbent on everyone to celebrate safely," he said.
KATU News spoke with several Portlanders around the city Sunday afternoon. They all had plan when asked, "How are you going to get home at the end of the night?"
"Definitely Uber. Definitely Uber if you're going out," said Shawn Meier.
"I'll just take a Lyft probably. We'll probably drink, and I'd like not to drive if I drink obviously," said Natalie Lerner.
"If I go home, I'll take a Lyft, If I don't go home, I'll just stay at my friend's house," said Liza Yaeger.
Others will walk, ride the bus or a train, or declare a designated driver.
More than half of all deadly crashes in the city of Portland involve someone who was driving while intoxicated. Additional Portland Police will be deployed Sunday night to look for drunk drivers.
"The Traffic Division will have additional officers focused on DUII enforcement, including officers from each of the three precincts specifically assigned to support this DUII detail," said Chris Burley, a spokesperson for the bureau.
All eight of traffic crashes Portland Fire and Rescue responded to between midnight and 5 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016.
"We had cars into ditches, cars into poles, multi-vehicle accidents," Schroeder said. "We're not only concerned about the person that is drinking and driving, but also the other people out there on the road, it's a serious risk for everyone if someone drinks and drives."
For those looking to get home at the end of the night, the City of Portland is offering discounts for riders which you can learn more about here.