7 safety tips for New Year’s Eve

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Image: Visit Reno Tahoe

With 2014 coming to a close, the City of Reno and  of the Reno Police Department want to ensure that everyone who is going downtown  for New Year’s Eve has a safe and enjoyable experience.

After the last winter storm leaving snow on the ground, icy roads and sidewalks, combined with alcohol and lots of pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, here are some basic safety DO’s and DONT’s to ensure everyone starts off 2015 safely.


  1. Do have a fully charged cell phone in case you have or need to report an emergency
  2. Do have a plan on where you are going and who is going to look out for you if you drink
  3. Do have a ride home or save enough money to take a taxi home. RTC is also providing free bus services starting at 6 pm tonight until 2 am tomorrow.
  4. Do carry your identification
  5. Do know your alcohol limits and drink plenty of water throughout the evening
  6. Do dress warmly; wear the appropriate shoes for potentially slippery roads and sidewalks.
  7. Do use marked crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers prior to crossing the street


  1. Don’t rely on anyone you do not know to take you home or give you a ride somewhere
  2. Don’t leave your drink unattended where someone can slip narcotics in them
  3. Don’t get into fights as Reno PD will be out on the streets
  4. Don’t leave your friends or family without telling them where you are going
  5. Don’t have an open container (glass or plastic) outside
  6. Please don’t drink and drive

The Reno Police Department also wants to also remind everyone who may be coming into the downtown area to celebrate that Virginia Street will be closed from 1st Street north to 6th Street from 10:00 pm until 1:00 am.

Fireworks this year will only be launched from the Silver Legacy so plan accordingly on where you and your family want to watch them. If you are planning on driving to downtown please drive safely and watch out for pedestrians.


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