New Year's Eve http://kut.org en APD Stepping Up Drunk Driving Enforcement for New Year's http://kut.org/post/apd-stepping-drunk-driving-enforcement-new-years <p class="p1">Several law enforcement agencies across Central Texas will be on patrol looking for drunk drivers during the upcoming holiday. <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/police" target="_blank">The Austin Police Department </a>will start the <span class="s1">third phase of its safety initiative next week.</span></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:16:12 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9443 at http://kut.org APD Stepping Up Drunk Driving Enforcement for New Year's Commitment Day 5K Street Closures http://kut.org/post/commitment-day-5k-street-closures <p>The <a href="http://www.commitmentday.com/content/austin">Commitment Day 5K</a> is taking place in downtown Austin this morning. The race starts at 10 a.m. and is expected to last until 12 p.m.</p><p>South 1<sup>st</sup> Street will be closed from Barton Springs Road to Cesar Chavez Street. Cesar Chavez Street will be closed from Lavaca Steet to Mopac (Loop 1). Tue, 01 Jan 2013 16:21:37 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 6021 at http://kut.org Commitment Day 5K Street Closures Free Ways to Get Home Safely This New Year's http://kut.org/post/free-ways-get-home-safely-new-years <p>Even though it’s Monday, it’s still a <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/apd-announces-%E2%80%9Cno-refusal%E2%80%9D-new-year%E2%80%99s-weekend">“No Refusal” weekend</a> for Austin drivers.</p><p>From 9 p.m. through 5 a.m., the Austin Police Department will ask suspected drunk drivers to take a mandatory breath test. And if drivers don't agree, police will ask for a subpoena for DWI suspects' blood. &nbsp;The Austin Police Department says 23 people were arrested for DWI on Sunday.</p><p>In an effort to keep Austin’s roads safe, Capital Metro and APD have partnered to provide free Cap Metro services from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. Buses will run on a regular schedule tonight, but will be reduced to Sunday level service on New Year’s Day. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/">capmetro.org</a>. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:01:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Filipa Rodrigues 6008 at http://kut.org Free Ways to Get Home Safely This New Year's Why We Toast: Uncorking A New Year's Tradition http://kut.org/post/why-we-toast-uncorking-new-years-tradition The act of toasting feels natural: You lift your arms in affirmation and drink in honor of an occasion or a loved one.<p>It's what millions will do this week as they ring in the New Year, but why? Like shaking hands or saluting, toasting is a habit with incredibly foggy beginnings, so we here at The Salt decided to dig into it, for the sake of science.<p>"There's a thin line between history and folklore," says historian Paul Dickson. He should know. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:33:02 +0000 6014 at http://kut.org Why We Toast: Uncorking A New Year's Tradition What You Need to Know About 'Austin's New Year 2013' Event (Update) http://kut.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-austins-new-year-2013-event-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Despite some rain in the forecast for this evening, the City of Austin’s New Year’s Eve event at Auditorium Shores is a go. At least for now.</p><p>The city says as long as the skies stick to rain and drizzle and not high winds and thunderstorms… the live music, activities and fireworks will happen.</p><p>“Bring your ponchos, bring your umbrellas, bring a lawn chair. But if it’s a little drizzle-y we will hopefully still have an event and still have some fireworks for everybody to enjoy," City of Austin spokesperson Samantha Park says. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:15:42 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Filipa Rodrigues 6006 at http://kut.org What You Need to Know About 'Austin's New Year 2013' Event (Update) Austin's Fireworks Ban Continues - But Don't Call 911 http://kut.org/post/austins-fireworks-ban-continues-dont-call-911 <p>If you see, smell or hear fireworks this New Year’s Eve, don’t dial 911. Call 311.</p><p>The Austin Fire Department <a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/fire-department-issues-fireworks-warning-advance-new-years-eve" target="_blank">has asked Austin residents </a>to keep the emergency lines free off all firework complaints and to use the city’s 311 service instead.</p><p>In light of the ongoing drought, the Fire Department is also reminding citizens that fireworks remain illegal in Austin city limits, and their sale has been banned in Travis County. The fine for possession of fireworks in Austin can be up to $500.</p><p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:35:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5992 at http://kut.org Austin's Fireworks Ban Continues - But Don't Call 911