Dothan Police Crackdown During New Year's Eve

Dothan police officers were out in full force on New Years Eve.

Their objective was not only to keep you safe, but also to take reckless drivers off the roads.

Wednesday night there was plenty of action going on to keep officers busy, but officials say overall, this year was much calmer than in the past.

While many residents were partying it up, officers were cracking down on reckless driving.

Lt. Anthony Westberry with the Dothan Police Department said, “we had 7 alcohol related arrests and one assault where the victim was treated and released with minor injuries."

Officers not only were keeping the roadways safe, but also responded to residential complaints.

Westberry said, "over a 12 hour shift we answered about 40 calls related to fireworks."

Fireworks are a problem each New Years Eve. Officers want residents to have a good time, but only if they obey the law.

Westberry said, "It's a safety issue and it’s a violence of city ordinance to sell or use fireworks within the city of Dothan."

While there were extra officers on duty to respond to the anticipated increase in calls, overall officers were pleased with the number of incidents.

Westberry said, "It seemed like a relatively calm night as compared to previous years."

No fatalities were reported in Houston county Wednesday night.

Westberry says he's not sure why last night was quieter than in years past, but he says it was certainly a welcome change.

Each year there are fewer fatalities recorded on New Year’s Day than Memorial Day, Labor Day, or Christmas.


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