With temperatures predicted to dip below zero as the new year dawns, area authorities warn it is especially important for those celebrating to make transportation plans.
“There is truly no reason to get a DUI in Hays, Kan., anymore,” said Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler.
Nevertheless, the HPD will have extra officers on duty through the holiday in a saturation patrol.
A cold front Friday brought more extreme cold temperatures to the region Friday night. Today’s high is forecast at 9 degrees with a low of 5 below zero, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill watch. Wind chills of 20 below zero are possible and frostbite on exposed skin could occur in 30 minutes.
Schiebler cautions party-goers to plan ahead for transportation instead of walking to the bars.
“In the extreme cold that can be very dangerous. You could pass out and that’s where we’d find you in the morning,” he said.
He encourages anyone who will be attending parties to arrange for a designated driver or to keep in mind the various options for transportation available in Hays:
• Safe Ride will be operating from 6 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Monday. All rides are free. Call (785) 621-2580 to arrange a ride.
• Convenience Cab operates in Hays from 6:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Rides are $5. Call (785) 301-2221.
• BMB Shuttle operates from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. Rides are $5 for one person, $8 for more than one. Call 785-639-1899.
• Uber is available in Hays through the Uber app. Mayor Shaun Musil, who drives for the ride-hailing service, said he was aware of about 15 to 20 drivers with seven or eight usually available at times. Rides are usually between $5 and $10 in the city. He recommends downloading the app and entering payment information before going out to celebrate.