The Metro Greets 2014

Fireworks painted the night sky over downtown Omaha Tuesday night as the metro said its farewells to 2013 and ushered in the New Year.

Extra police were on the street to keep the celebrations in check.

Inside Brownie's Bar in Papillion, the New Year's Eve party was running full-throttle long before midnight was due in town. Revelers were having a good time with family and friends; a mix blended with a few drinks.

Allene Meyer was planning to spend the night with her family and then head home. And the plan included a safety net.

“He's the Designated Driver and he usually drives us home.”

Attorney Craig M. Martin tells us it's important for people to make that decision ahead of time. He says some people don't realize that buzz driving is drunk driving.

Martin said, “If you're out New Year's Eve drinking with someone, trying to keep up with someone who is larger than you, and you get behind the wheel, you could be in a lot of trouble. Not to mention the people you put out there at risk because you’re driving that way.”

Martin says not only is it dangerous; even deadly, but many people don't realize that getting a DUI can also be expensive.

“I would probably think that including attorneys’ fees, fines and everything, it’s not unheard of that someone could spend anywhere from three to $7,000.

Potentially even more. Plus you don't just face the justice system but the DMV. You could lose your driving privileges and have to get an interlock system installed in your car.

So have fun this New Year's but do it safely.

Another option for a safe ride home is calling a cab. You can call Happy Cab through 3 a.m., mention the Hauptman O’Brien Safe Ride Home program and you'll get a ride home for free.

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