Folks celebrate the new year

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It's time for us to say goodbye to 2010 and ring in the new year.

While it's cause for celebration, local police want folks to be safe while they are out on New Year's Eve.

Parking lots at local restaurants were full Friday night.

"I brought my family out to dinner. We're just going to do the family thing," said Billie Hatfield, of Hazard.

Many folks in our area decided to spend time with friends and family to celebrate the new year.

"We're going to go home and watch the ball drop with our kids, me and my wife are," said Ryan Sizemore, of Airport Gardens.

"New year is a time of new beginning, to mend relationships and to ask forgiveness," said Hatfield.

Local police plan to stay on alert.

"To make sure those that have decided to take their party on the road do not endanger anybody else," said James East, of the Hazard Police Department.

Police said they noticed more traffic on the roads Friday night.

"Have a designated driver and do not be on the roads driving drunk, because I have my family, and I do not want anything to happen," said Hatfield.

For all those ringing in 2011, Jaylon Adams has a wish for you this New Year's Eve.

"For everybody to have a Happy New Year," said Adams.

State Police will be conducting checkpoints throughout the weekend to crack down on those driving under the influence.

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