Bartenders on the lookout this New Year's Eve

Bartenders on the lookout this New Year's Eve

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Many bars and event centers in Wichita Falls are gearing up for a big New Year's Eve.

"We're going to have a very busy weekend," said Steve Wilkinson, co-owner of P2 The Deuce and The Warehouse on Lamar Street.

Those crowds are expected to bring a lot of drinking.

"People just seem to want to twist off a little more on New Year's Eve," said Wilkinson.

The staff at both places are prepared to handle those who may get a little spirited Sunday.

"We have regular meetings with the bartenders," said Wilkinson.  "They are very well of what is going to happen this weekend."

State law requires all bartenders to be certified by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Some of the things Wilkinson teaches his staff is to look out for those who may have had too much to drink.

One way they are doing that is by paying attention to what is going on around them.

"You don't just pay attention to what is happening at your bar," said Wilkinson.  "You have to watch what is happening on the floor.  All of our staff is very aware of that whether its bar backs or security or whoever.  We are all very aware of what is going on in our rooms."

Another thing they do is make sure you have a safe ride home.

"We will find them a ride," said Wilkinson.  "We will call a cab or some of the other options."

With an increase of patrols on the roads, staff sergeant Dan Buesing wants people to plan while they can.

"Just plan your party and celebration," said Buesing.  "Plan who will be your designated driver or stay put go at your location."

If you are looking for a safe way to get home Sunday, AAA is offering their Tipsy Tow program that will tow your car in Wichita Falls, free of charge. They can be reached Sunday night by calling 940-322-2222

Skylark taxi will also be giving people rides home Sunday at no cost from 12 a.m.-2 a.m.

They can be reached at 940-322-1355.

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