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Superintendent McCarthy offers public safety message for New Year`s Eve

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

With the New Year's Eve just a day away, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy offered a public safety message encouraging everyone to celebrate the New Year's holiday responsibly.

"Whether you're celebrating at home, at a friend's house or at one of the many large parties throughout the city, we'd like to remind everyone to be responsible and be safe," McCarthy said. "However you choose to get from point A to point B, the only thing that matters is to not drink and drive. If you're enjoying an adult beverage as part of your celebration, don't wait to make your travel plans back home or to your hotel. Procrastination usually leads to bad decisions."

Officials said that there will be zero tolerance for drinking and driving, and that neighboring police will be working with Chicago officials to keep roads safe.

Those traveling are urged to take alternate transportation such as a cab or the CTA, which is offering penny rides throughout New Year's Eve, or to have a designated driver for the evening.

Officials said that even though law enforcement will be out in full force, community assistance is always requested. Neighbors and community members can always alert police to suspicious or illegal activity by calling 911.

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