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Sheriff Chronister Shares New Years Safety Measures

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 22-178



As we wrap up 2022 and welcome 2023 with open arms, Sheriff Chad Chronister and teamHCSO want to remind residents to celebrate safely this weekend.

Ahead of the holiday weekend, Sheriff Chronister has released two public service announcements to encourage the public to keep safety at the forefront of their celebrations.

HCSO deputies, including the DUI squad, are set to patrol and keep unsafe drivers off the roadways.

"We all are excited to start the new year, but we want to make it to 2023 safely," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Preparation is key. Whether it's having a designated driver or choosing a ride-sharing service, make a plan for how you will get to and from your destination. Let's start off the New Year strong. There is no excuse for drinking and driving."


Residents are also asked to keep the following NYE safety tips in mind:

  • If possible, please stay off the roadways. 
  • If you are going out, celebrate responsibly and have a plan for how you will get home safely. 
  • If you plan to set off fireworks, please, take all safety precautions.
  • Celebratory gunfire is not the way to ring in the New Year. It is dangerous and illegal.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and anything or anyone suspicious. If you see something, say something!
Remember, a bad decision can last a lifetime. The most important thing a person can do is to have a plan before starting the party.

AAA’s Tow to Go Program offers free, confidential rides and towing services. Just call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.

As always, if you or your loved ones are in need of assistance, our deputies are ready to help. In the event of an emergency, call 911. For non-emergency calls for service, please call (813) 247-8200.

"Community safety is all of our responsibility," said Sheriff Chronister. "From the 4,000 members of teamHCSO, have a great New Year; may this year bring you success, happiness, and love."

Sound from Sheriff Chronister is available in both PSAs. B-Roll of the HCSO DUI Squad is available below.