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Happy New Year 2017Whether you’re celebrating in the Berkshires, Boston, or somewhere in between, New Year’s Eve events can be found across Massachusetts.

While the holiday offers us a chance to ring in 2017 with friends, family, and fun, there are a few safety tips everyone should keep in mind.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Department of Fire Services (DFS), the Highway Safety Division (HSD), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and the Department of Public Health (DPH) have information to keep you and your family safe while welcoming the new year.

Driving Safety

Many people travel to be with friends and family for the holiday. If you will be on the roads, make sure you are safe — drive responsibly and prepare for winter weather.

  • Be a Responsible Driver — In 2014, 40 percent of traffic fatalities in Massachusetts were caused by impaired driving. Keep that in mind and drive sober on New Year’s Eve. HSD is funding an increase in local police presence and sobriety checkpoints through January 1, so make other travel arrangements if you plan on drinking. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) offers free late-night public transit services on New Year’s Eve, and taxi and ride-sharing services can also help to ensure safe travel for the holiday.

Fireworks Regulations and Safety

All fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts without a license — including sparklers — so leave fireworks to the professionals on New Year’s Eve.

Local fire departments supervise many fireworks displays across Massachusetts that you and your family can enjoy. Find a display or other New Year’s Eve events near you from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT).

See Something, Say Something

The public is a valuable source of information for law enforcement officials. While celebrating the holiday in your community, if you see something, say something. Report anything suspicious by calling 9-1-1 or your local police department, and stay away from potentially dangerous situations.

Help make New Year’s Eve a safe occasion in the Commonwealth — share these tips with friends and family before the holiday.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @MassGov.

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