SOURCE: San Francisco Police Department

San Francisco Police Department

December 22, 2010 14:53 ET

"Zero Tolerance for Public Drinking" Campaign Reminds Revelers to Party Safely on New Year's Eve

San Francisco Police Department Stresses "Safe, Sane & Sober" Behavior on Friday, December 31

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 22, 2010) - As in years past, thousands of revelers are expected to ring in the New Year throughout San Francisco on December 31, 2010 and into the wee hours of January 1, 2011. This year, San Francisco City officials are reminding partiers to keep it safe, sane and sober on City streets.

"Let me be absolutely clear: there will be zero tolerance for public drinking, much less public drunkenness, on New Year's Eve on the streets of San Francisco," said Commander James Dudley of the San Francisco Police Department. "We want everyone to have a good time, but we want to remind people of a simple fact: drinking in public is illegal. It only takes one drunk driver or one out of control individual to spoil the festivities for dozens of people."

While there is no official City sponsored celebration or street closures for New Year's Eve, there is an annual fireworks display over San Francisco Bay for which many people spill out onto the Embarcadero to observe at midnight.

"It's a wonderful, celebratory evening but one in which people sometimes take their partying to the streets," says Dudley, noting that over the years, New Year's Eve has sometimes become an excuse for nuisance and even violent behavior. Just in case, Dudley makes clear: the SFPD, including its alcohol control officers, will be out in force to ensure public safety. "This year -- as in years past -- we just want to remind people to keep it safe, sane and sober in San Francisco this New Year's Eve. Spending the night in the SFPF drunk tank -- or worse -- is no way to celebrate."

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