From resolutions to roadways, Memphians celebrate New Year's Eve

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Mid-South kicked off a new decade Thursday night in a variety of ways.  From Beale Street to main street, partiers and police made sure everything went smoothly.

As the guitar dropped on Beale Street, Mid-Southerners made a many a resolution as they rang in 2010.

"To make a 4.0 next semester in college so I can move out into upper level classes," said student Taylor Overturf.

"I want everybody to be happy, I want people to get along...stop the violence," added Tabitha Nicholson.

"To just live life to the fullest...really," said Miles Bryant.

And as revelers left New Year's celebrations like the one on Beale, police wanted to make sure motorists made it home safely.

Shelby County sheriff's deputies, along with the Tennessee Highway patrol, conducted a traffic safety checkpoint looking for impaired and speeding drivers.

"It's good for our community, for law enforcement, and it sends a good message to citizens that you've gotta be safe this time of year," said Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell.

"We want them to know that we're making every effort possible to make it safe for them and their family while they're driving on the roadway," added Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Sadie Chatman.

The saturation yielded 81 traffic violations, but no DUI arrests.

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