The fact that 2016 is almost over and there is hope of a brighter 2017 is cause enough for celebrating this weekend. For New Years, I suggest everyone go out and have a good time, shares Uintah County Sheriff Vance Norton. “This has been a hard year but I think things are looking up.” For those that choose to include alcohol in their celebrations, Sheriff Norton says it is crucial to have a plan in place to ensure that everyone gets home safe. If you’re having a party, make sure there is a plan that everyone knows right up front, whether that includes designated drivers or taxis. Sheriff Norton says that DUI statistics for the New Year holiday have dropped in the area thanks to the establishment of several local taxi companies. He also gives credit to bars for being more responsible and providing rides to patrons. Still, law enforcement encourages community members to always call authorities if you see a driver struggling on the road. Whether it is a DUI or a medical issue, law enforcement will respond to remove the danger from the road as quickly as possible.