"The impending weather, it will complicate things, and it could increase the possibility of a death to tomorrow night. That's not something anybody wants to see," says Goff. As many make their New Year's resolutions and prepare to celebrate with friends, Warrick County Coroner Eddie Goff prepares for the worst. "With the bad weather and the impending weather coming, drinking and driving never mixes. It's especially dangerous this year," says Goff.
New Year's Eve is one of the most dangerous nights of the year Goff says. Now with more snow expected to make it's way to the Tri-State, concern is on the mind of this Coroner. "We're making a push right now to make sure the word is out there to stay off the roads if at all possible. There's a lot of unknowns with the weather coming. Last night nobody would've anticipated the Lloyd Expressway being shut down and with the black ice that hit. So, tomorrow night we don't know what's coming. That's why we've got to be thinking of each other and making sure that we stay off the roads and stay safe."
Drinking, driving, snow, and ice could make for a deadly combination this New Year's Eve. Officials are doing all they can to prepare, but maybe this New Year's Eve the best way to ring in 20-13 is at home. "If you don't have to be on road, don't be on the road. This one night is the highest level of impaired drivers than any other night of the year. So if you don't have to be on the road, just stay off and stay home and stay warm."
Goff wants to remind those planning to celebrate the New Year to have a designated driver, but also those hosting an event to remain sober in the case a medical emergency should arise.