Huntington Police and Bar Managers Aim for Safe New Year’s Eve

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As the clock counts down to the new year, Huntington Police are stepping up patrols to keep everyone safe.

If you head out to a bar, you'll notice more of a police presence.

Meanwhile, bar managers are also beefing up security for the big night.

As many people toast to 2014 at bars throughout Huntington, Marlita Cadogan will be elsewhere.

"It's just not safe to do anymore, you hear about people getting shot and it's just unsafe situations," Cadogan said.

Just weeks ago, a dramatic shooting left one man dead at Shoop's Bar in Huntington.

It's the type of situation Cadogan said she wants to avoid.

"I've been in Huntington for seven years and I've seen quite a bit go down, and it's just not worth risking," said Cadogan.

Huntington Police said they'll have more officers on patrol, with targeted areas near downtown bars to keep you safe.

On top of that, bar managers are also taking action.

"We have five bouncers here, we've got two managers, three door guys. We've got plenty of security for tonight," said Fat Patty's Manager James Anderson.

At Fat Patty's in Huntington, managers are prepping for their seventh annual New Year's Eve celebration.

They expect about 250 guests.

"We just don't want something to get out of hand," Anderson said.

Bar workers said mixing drinks, excitement and a lot of people can mean danger.

But, they're taking precautions.

"We are going to try to make sure we have a couple of taxis here on hand to make sure they do get home safely," Anderson said.

Still, some people like Cadogan said they'll ring in 2014 at their own party: safe and sound.

"I'd rather actually live to see the new year," Cadogan said.

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