Before you settle in to ring in the new year tonight, here’s a friendly reminder: Do not fire your gun in the air to celebrate and watch your drinking.
That’s according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which has a New Year’s Eve gunfire reduction program. The department says a bullet fired skyward can climb two miles and remain in flight for more than a minute. As it falls, the bullet reaches a velocity of 300 to 700 feet per second. A bullet only needs to travel 200 feet per second to penetrate the human skull.
Also, don’t overdo your consumption of alcohol tonight. The reason? Well, there are many:
▪ There has been about a 50 percent increase in ER visits related to excessive drinking since the start of this century.
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▪ In 2014, alcohol-impaired driving led to nearly 10,000 deaths, making up 31 percent of overall driving fatalities.
▪ About 1,800 college students, 18-24, die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including car crashes.
Otherwise, have a good time tonight. Happy New Year.