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Getting Home Safely on New Year's Eve

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UPDATE: 12/31/13 9:00 PM

"I like the idea of the hotel because you don't have to drive,” says Pamela Hickman, from Columbus, Ohio.

“We seldom go out on New Year's Eve and we feel very good staying here at the hotel," says Ben Southwick, of Madison, Wisconsin.

The majority of people who party at the Blennerhassett Hotel on New Year's Eve take the elevator home, right upstairs to their room.

"We sell packages,” says General Manager, Cecil Childress. “It allows people to have a good time, not really worry about the issue of driving."

Hickman comes in from Columbus with time to spare.

"We get here early, you know,” she says. “We get a room and if people are drinking – I don't drink, but everybody else is drinking."

They handle non-hotel guests the way they handle any guest in their lounge.

"We keep a good eye on them and we certainly make sure that they're not going to be overserved, is the term that we use,” Childress says. “And so, we're either providing rides home for them or we're calling a cab."

Southwick is staying two nights.

"We definitely feel safer not being out on New Year's Eve," he says.

It's best to keep off the roads.

"Especially after midnight. So it's great to be able to just walk up to our room and crash,” Hickman says.

The hotel has your back.

"We've always had a philosophy of being pretty fearless about making sure people don't drive when they're overserved,” Childress says.

The driving can be unpredictable.

"Of course you have the drunk drivers out on New Year's Eve certainly so, those things combined it's better to stay inside,” Southwick says.

According to Childress, it may be awkward at times.

"But we're not afraid to approach that and we make sure that people make the right decisions,” he says.
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It's a time of joy and celebration but also being safe and responsible.

Cecil Childress, general manager of the Blennerhassett Hotel, says the majority of people who party with them on New Year's Eve take the elevator home, right upstairs to their room.

They sell packages, which allows people to have a good time and not worry about the issue of driving.

For everyone else, he says:

"We handle those guests the way we handle any guest that would be in our lounge. We keep a good eye on them and we certainly make sure that they're not going to be overserved, is the term that we use. And so, we're either providing rides home for them or we're calling a cab."

Childress says sometimes it's awkward, but the hotel has always been pretty fearless when it comes to making sure people don't get behind the wheel when they've had too much to drink.


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