Austin preparing for safe New Year's Eve

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by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 11:34 AM

AUSTIN -- Area law enforcement agencies are hoping to keep your family safe this New Year's Eve by targeting drunk drivers.

Fifteen police and sheriff's departments will be on patrol across Central Texas from New Year's Eve to Thursday, Jan. 2.

They will be enforcing a program called "Arrive Alive: Home for the Holidays." Officers will ramp up enforcement of traffic safety violations like intoxication, tailgating, speeding and aggressive driving.

It's the seventh program of its kind since the partnership formed at the beginning of 2013.

The group's goal is to decrease the number of injuries and deaths connected to drinking and driving.

One safe event you can go to is Austin's New Year. The alcohol-free family event will feature live music and a fireworks show. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Auditorium Shores. Fireworks will go off around 10 p.m. Go here for more information.

Go here for a list of road closures.

For more ideas on how to spend New Year's Eve in Austin go here.

 

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