SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - With the extreme cold forecasted for New Year's Eve, experts say it's vital that you have a plan whether you're going out, or staying in this New Year's Eve.
"I wouldn't probably recommend walking home that early in the morning just because of the cold temperatures, but just try not to drink and drive," Ofc. Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Dept. said on Friday.
Clemens said, he'd prefer the nine extra officers who will be working saturation patrol on New Year's Eve night, don't come back with any arrests or citations, but he knows that likely won't be the case.
And if you are headed out ...
"Make sure that you're dressing in layers, hats and gloves, covering those extremities," said Mary Michaels of the Sioux Falls Health Dept. 'Don't walk home. There are lots of options in Sioux Falls to get a ride home, or get a designated driver."
Options available? Both Michaels and Marilyn Buskohl of AAA South Dakota recommended designating a driver, AAA's Tipsy Tow service, available in Sioux Falls, Yankton, Vermillion, Mitchell, Rapid City and Aberdeen until 4 a.m. on Jan. 2, as well as Lyft or scheduling a ride with a cab service.
With the temperatures dipping below zero, expert want you to celebrate responsibly so you don't end up in a dangerous situation.
"If there's a time to stay in, this is it probably. If you're gonna be outside, try to limit your time outside," Clemens said. 'We really don't want to see any type of injuries and we certainly don't want to see any deaths from people being outside in this cold when they don't have to."
So many are opting to stay in.
"If you're hosting a party, please think about offering non-alcoholic beverages," Marilyn Buskohl of AAA South Dakota. "[Offer] cheeses and meats, those kinds of things absorb alcohol better they stay in the stomach longer and slow down the rate of intoxication."
And as a host, consider taking keys and planning to have guests stay until they're ready to drive.
"Tell them that they can't have their keys," Buskohl said. "Tomorrow they're going to be thankful that they weren't driving."
But if you are driving, there are considerations to be made as well. Keep a winter kit ready, whether you're driving your own vehicle, or if you've rented one for a longer trip. Buskohl said you should also prepare your vehicle for the weather.
"Make sure that you have at least half a tank of gas, or more if you're taking a longer trip, make sure you have a good, working battery, this kind of cold is really tough on batteries," Buskohl said. "The main thing is allow yourself plenty of time [and] limit distractions."
Buskohl said to keep that cell phone handy and charged, but don't use it until you've arrived at your destination.
If you do get into trouble, both Michaels and the Minnehaha County Office of Emergency Management recommend calling 911 in emergencies and 211 for additional resources in non-emergency situations.
AAA South Dakota recently hosted its "Great Pretenders Mocktails Mix-Off" and has several recipes for delicious non-alcoholic beverages you can serve if you're hosting a party. The competing recipes are linked under Documents and a link to a list of items to keep in your winter kit for your vehicle is under "Related Links."
KSFY News Reporter Erika Leigh tested out a few AAA's mocktails -- her favorite recipe is listed in the sidebar.