Dos and Don'ts on New Year's Eve

RENO, Nev. ( & KNRV) -- Between fireworks and parties, New Year's Eve is without a doubt the biggest party night of the year. But before you head out the door there's a few things you should keep in mind.

Officer Tim Broadway with the Reno Police Department said, "New Year's Eve downtown it's going to be a madhouse as it is every year, people coming down for the fireworks being launched off the top of the casinos. So we just want people to be smart."

Food, booze and entertainment, three staples to ringing in the new year. But what seems like harmless fun can turn into a life or death situation.

"You get behind the wheel a vehicle is a deadly weapon if you get in an accident, hit a pedestrian hit somebody else you're looking at additional charges besides the DUI. Be smart and have a friend," Broadway said.

If you're under the influence and need to get home, there are several alternatives to getting their safely.

Joe Harrington with the RTC said, "We're committed to creating safe and healthy communities and we want people to be able to make a responsible decision on New Year's Eve. Whether the decide to designate a driver, take a cab or take a bus. We're making it that much easier by make the bus service free."

The bus service will be free from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Click here to find out if there's a bus route near you.