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Celebrate Safety

On the last day of 2013, many Texomans celebrate with a drink to toast to the New Year, which means an increase in sales for most liquor stores.

"Dollar wise I can’t tell you the exact amount, but as much as 3 or 4 days would be the money made today. We usually see 100 people, but today it maybe 1,000 people from open to close," said Co Owner of Kocks Liquor Store, Victor Kocks.

Like many liquor stores in Texoma, Kocks Liquor Store was well prepared for New Year’s Eve.

“We've got a lot of new inventory in today and also we’ve been stocking the shelves. We’ve also been preparing our employees to work with customers as they come in," said Kocks.

Due to the expected drinking on New Year's Eve, Kocks Liquor store is prepared for the amount of people's alcohol intake.

“We're very cognizant of our customers.  We’re trained and very experienced so of course anyone that’s has had too much to drink or parties a little too hard we'll turn them away and have someone pick them up.  It’s all about being careful with customers that you work with.  Their conditions are important and then we make sure if people are of age,” said Kocks.  

For those who plan to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, the main issue is safety.

“People need to have a plan if they’re going out to different establishments and drinking.  Have a designated driver which is the best thing. Have that plan in place before you go out," said Public Information Officer for the Wichita Falls Police Department, Sgt.. John Spragins.

You can also be held accountable if you have a party on New Year’s Eve and someone left intoxicated.

“If someone leaves that party and gets in an accident and hurts someone, there are some things that could happen some of them could be criminal or civil every situation is different," said Spragins.

If you drink, do not drive because DWI's cost. You not only will have to pay the ticket, but the attorney and court fees and your license may get suspended.

As required by the state of Texas, all liquor stores will close Tuesday night at 9.

Have fun on New Year's Eve, but remember to be safe and make smart choices. 

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6
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