Bangor police urging public to use designated driver on New Year’s Eve

Posted Dec. 29, 2011, at 11:33 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 29, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, it’s expected that numerous city residents will be celebrating the holiday at local establishments this weekend.

The Bangor Police Department is urging people not to drink and drive. Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday that Union Street Towing owner Butch Foss will offer free rides and tows for those who need to get their vehicles home safely.

“Too many times, we hear that people drive drunk because they just have to get that car home,” Edwards said.

Edwards said that patrol staffing on Saturday will “be modified to ensure citizens that we will do our best to enforce drunk driving laws.”

In addition to Union Street Towing’s service, taxi service is available throughout the city. Those who can’t take advantage of those options should designate a driver or stay at home or at a friend’s house, Edwards said.

The sergeant also urged people to be respectful of neighbors in terms of noise.

“Don’t ruin your new year with an arrest record of drunken driving, disorderly conduct or similar crime,” said Edwards.

With the Downtown Countdown taking place on Saturday, Broad Street will close to traffic at noon that day, and no-parking signs will be posted to alert motorists on Friday.

Main Street from Water Street to State Street will shut down at 11 p.m. Saturday for the ball drop. Main Street will remain closed until spectators have cleared the roadway or at the direction of the patrol supervisor.

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