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Police: Celebrating the new year with gunfire is dangerous, illegal

A woman was badly injured when a stray bullet came through her window last year.

INDIANAPOLIS - It's New Year's Eve.

"It's always a popping party and that's what we like to put on, a party every night," said Kilroy's assistant GM Shane Sweeting.

He says guests will get party favors and a free champagne toast.

It's a big night for drinking, which is why bartenders will be on the lookout for signs of intoxication.

"People lose mobility. People slur their speech and these bartenders have been here for ten-plus years and they're really good at catching stuff like that," Sweeting said.

Police want to warn those who have a little too much to drink. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 people in the US die from drunk driving crashes every day.

Last year on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, state police responded to 922 crashes. 174 people were injured. Four died.

To stay safe, Lyft is offering free and discounted rides. They're good.. for up to $10 and available until 5 a.m. on New Year's Day.

Celebratory gunfire on New Years Eve is not only illegal, it's dangerous. Marion County dispatch received more than 200 reports of gunfire between midnight and 4 a.m. last year.

On the far west side, a woman was badly injured when a stray bullet came through her window.

It's why police warn people again this year not to fire weapons in the air.