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Berkeley, California (Thursday, December 29, 2016) - BPD: Wishing You a Happy and Safe New Year

  The Berkeley Police Department would like to wish you a happy and safe New Year.  As you prepare for your New Year's Eve celebration, we would like to remind everyone that the celebratory discharge of firearms and the use of fireworks - even those labeled "safe and sane" - are prohibited in the City of Berkeley.  The celebratory discharge of firearms poses a significant risk of injury or death to our community members.  Officers will enforce laws associated with the illegal use of fireworks and arrests those found to be discharging a firearm. 

If you plan on going out to celebrate the New Year we ask that you do so responsibly. Do not drink and drive.  Please take some time before you go out to enjoy the evening to develop a plan which will get you home safely at the end of the evening.   

If you find yourself needing a sober ride home, there are many free options available to you below. 

San Francisco Muni 

- Free Rides on all routes from 8PM until 5 AM 

- Muni Metro runs late until 2:15 AM 


- Free Rides on all routes from 8PM until 5AM 


- Free Rides from 8PM until the end of service 

- Extra trains after midnight, last departure from SF at 2:15 AM 

 Santa Clara VTA 

- Free Rides on all routes from 8PM until 5AM

 AC Transit

- Free Rides from 8PM until 5AM 


- Extended operations, last departure at 3AM 

 AAA's "Tipsy Tow" Program 

- Free tows up to 10 miles, even for non-members. 

- Call 1-800-222-4357 (1-800-AAA-HELP) 

From your friends at the Berkeley Police Department, we would like to wish you all a safe and Happy New Year.


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