Michigan State police give tips on bringing in the new year safely

Thomas Jordan and Holly Baker participate in a mock field sobriety test from Michigan State Trooper Rich Hall.

New Year's Eve is a time to reflect on the year that has passed and enjoy time with friends and family while ringing in a new calendar year. Many people choose to serve alcoholic beverages at a New Year's Eve party or however they celebrate the New Year. The Michigan State Police are offering some tips to follow during New Year's Eve and really, any time of year to ensure a joyous holiday.

State Trooper Rich Hall says charts comparing age, height, weight, and alcohol intake can be used as a guideline for how much alcohol will make you too impaired to drive. He also says that alcohol affects everyone differently, and different amounts can make different people impaired.

Some more tips include eating well before heading out, having a designated driver or plan on spending the night, and program the number of a cab company into your cell phone.

7&4's Thomas Jordan and Holly Baker also take part in a mini sobriety test just to get an idea of how a police officer will evaluate someone they suspect has been drinking and driving.