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Drinking responsibly over New Year's

The California Highway Patrol Maximum Enforcement Period starts on New Year's Eve and goes through New Year's Day.

Posted: Dec 30, 2019 11:10 PM

CALIFORNIA - The California Highway Patrol Maximum Enforcement Period starts on New Year's Eve and goes through New Year's Day.

During the Maximum Enforcement Period, officers will be focusing on impaired drivers, but will also watch for distracted drivers. 

Last year during the 2018 New Year's Maximum Enforcement Period was 102 hours. There were at least 25 people killed and 270 other people who were injured in collisions involving impaired drivers. 

Downtown Chico bar owners say they make sure people are getting home safe.

One Burgers and Brew bar manager, Daniel Moore, says the most important thing is making sure people get home safe. 

"The biggest thing is just communication, between host, server, bartender, manager. If there is a situation, as soon as someone walks in the server or bartender is alerted of it, and they let the manager know... We always make sure that it is accessible for everyone and they are in a situation where they don't have a ride. We can always help them out, we can call a cab, we have had people Uber before for patrons and stuff like that" said Moore.

Jonah Reed is one of the head bartenders at the Banshee and says they are always looking for signs that someone may have had too much to drink. 

"While you bartend over the years you get used to seeing the signs, when people are getting up going to the bathroom, staggering, flushed cheeks, slurring their words," said Reed. 

Reed added that he and his coworkers are always trying to do their part to make sure people do not drink and drive. 

"We have got the numbers for taxis, and our door guy who is at the door the whole night makes sure everyone gets in the cab safe or gets in the Uber safe, anything like that," said Reed. 

Will Brady, one of the owners of the Banshee, B. Street, and Bill's Lounge, says he makes sure his staff goes to Responsible Beverage Server Courses.

Chico Police Commander Billy Aldridge says the courses are put on by Public Health, and there are courses for owners, managers, bartenders, servers, and security. 

"You know it helps the business owner make sure their people are trained upon proper and responsible service," said Aldridge.

The CHP says last year during the New Year's Maximum Enforcement Period there were over 1,000 arrests made for impaired driving statewide. 

Action News Now also went to Riley's, Madison Bear Garden, and Duffy's, but they all declined to comment. 

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