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Planning For A Safe New Year's Eve

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No matter what you're doing to ring in the New Year, Upstate Law Enforcement and businesses want you to be safe.

They say they're willing to work all night to help you stay that way. Many people like Bobby Dwyer already have their plans set.

“I come here. Last year was a blast we had a good time i'll tell you that we had a little champagne toast...big fun!” said Dwyer.

Mac's speed shop will get the job done. They’re located in downtown Greenville and say you can expect live music food and fun all night long.

But they've also got your safety in mind so they're bringing in extra security.

“New years eve were going to have two guys that are really experienced and having an open kitchen helps so all hands on deck. It means more eyes on the dining room to make sure everyone's having good, safe, clean fun,” said Lindsey Pegg, a manager there.

Parties happening all over the Upstate are doing the same. Restaurants, bars and hotels said you're encouraged to have a great time but be responsible after the party is over.

Law enforcement will be out in full force watching for drunken drivers too troopers tell 7 On Your Side.

“We make sure to check and see if they're driving, see if they have a responsible ride home. If they don't we'll call a cab for them to make sure they get home safe and see us next week,” said Pegg.

Businesses say a taxi is a great way to get home and you should have a number with you when you go out.

Things can get busy late and it's best to call ahead they tell us. You can also bring your ride with you like Dwyer and his crew does.

“We hire a friend from a local university. He needs the cash so he drives us around,” said Dwyer.

If cabs are hard to come by you can also try a local driving service. We found Bowers Services in Easley who say they'll travel anywhere in the Carolinas.

Manager Randy Bowers said if you're going farther than 10 miles, hoping in one of their van's or SUVs’ may save you some cash.

Give the driving company an hour or so notice and most services say they'll be happy to work with you.

“We'll be out and we need folks to ride with us,” said Bowers.

We spoke with a few businesses downtown in upstate cities.

They say they communicate with police all night to make sure people are coming and going safely and report suspicious activity.

Troopers say they'll have checkpoints set up across the Upstate.

They also ask that you call Highway Patrol if you see anyone driving dangerously. You can call *HP to report something suspicious.

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