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Bartlesville police offering free rides home for NYE

Posted at 5:21 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 19:06:46-05

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The Bartlesville Police Department is going above and beyond to make sure people get home safely this New Year's Eve.

For the second year, the department is offering free rides home to people who might have celebrated a little too much.

“As police officers, our primary job is for safety," said Sgt. Jim Warring with BPD. "And we want to give citizens every opportunity to have safe events and have a good time and be responsible.”

Anyone who needs a ride home can call dispatch at 918-338-4001. Dispatch will then call an officer to pick you up. They’re hoping to keep people off the roads on one of the biggest drinking nights of the year.

"And especially a night like tonight, even though there may not be so many impaired drivers or impaired people, there’s going to be some traffic," Sgt. Warring said. "There’s going to be people going to and from parties and family parties or downtown things.”

The department said the biggest misconception people have is that they’re going to arrest you for public intoxication when they come pick you up. However, the department said, they just want to get people home safely.

“Our goal is to just to make sure people go out and have a good time, a safe time, and get home without any regrets, any damage, any problems," Sgt. Warring said.

Officers will pick up and drop off anyone within the city limits between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

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