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Safety the priority as valley counts down to 2015

It’s time to ring in the new year and the energy in downtown Palm Springs could rival that of Times Square.

“I’m excited for it it’s the best spot to be at for New Years,” said Anthony Cranbourne of Beaumont.

“We’re going to our friends and we’re going to have so much fun and we’re going to bang pots and pans,” said Dolores Douglas of Palm Springs

“2015! I’m 67 years old going to be 68! We’re doing all right,” said Cheryl Taylor of Novia Scotia.

With a new year comes a blank slate to reform old habits and set new goals.

“Eating healthy!! Exercising more! Getting abs” said the Izurieta family of Redondo Beach.

“Strengthen my career, quit smoking,” said Cranbourne.

“I’m going to spend all the money I’ve got!” said Taylor.

“Good health and good wisdom,” said Santosh Sahoo of Yorba Linda.

After the champagne toasts, local police and California Highway Patrol ask that you find a responsible ride home. There are several free options throughout the valley.

In downtown Palm Springs the Buzz trolley will get you to and from your parties until1 am.

And to hitch a free taxi, call American Cab anytimebetween 10 pm and 3 am. The company partnered with Walter Clark legal group for the “Home Safe” program.

“I think it’s an excellent idea. Not for just a few but for everyone who wants to use the service,” Taylor said.

“Drink responsibly. Have fun but know your limits,” said Cranbourne.

It’s safe to say, the valley is ready for the countdown.

“2015! I’m expecting some big things so I’m looking forward to it,” said Stephen Fields of Palm Desert.

KESQ News Team

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