Out with the old and in with the new, it’s time to celebrate all that was 2015 and pledge to make 2016 even better.
New Year’s resolutions can be a dime a dozen adding up to virtually nothing (to mix metaphors) but it’s still an exciting time to get together with family and friends to witness the passing of one year and to welcome in a brand new one with endless possibilities.
And toasting the new year will likely involve plenty of sentimentality and the best of intentions, but it also may involve champagne or some other alcoholic beverage.
That’s fine too, as long as it’s done responsibly.
And part of that responsibility, if you’re not in the confines of your own home or staying over somewhere, is ensuring you have a safe way to travel to where you will eventually lay your head for the night.
“We encourage everyone to plan ahead so you can safely ring in the new year,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy.
That means, of course, having a plan before you head out that night, whether that includes a cab, a designated driver, lining up a friend or family member or just staying put for the evening.
That’s not only because it’s the responsible, smart thing to do but also because police will be setting up roadblocks, utilizing roving traffic patrols and walking the beat in targeted areas, to ensure everyone is following these commonsense rules.
For goodness sake, ring in the new year, and enjoy yourselves.
And for everyone’s sake, including yours, do it responsibly and with a plan intact so that all of us can look forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.