No major incidents reported following New Year’s Eve celebrations in Columbia

Published: Jan. 2, 2021 at 11:44 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Overall Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says he’s pleased with what he saw Thursday night while keeping an eye on the celebrations.

“We were all over the city just checking all the spots,” said Jenkins.

Chief Jenkins says for the most part people complied with the COVID-19 restrictions, and citations were at a minimum.

“We had to remind a few people and unfortunately we did have to write 8 citations for the mask ordinance,” said Jenkins.

Despite COVID-19 canceling or changing many of the New Year’s Eve festivities, South Carolina Highway Patrol was still out keeping our roads safe.

“Don’t make the poor decision to drink and drive cause I promise you we are all prepared to take you to jail,” said Trooper David Jones with SCHP via Twitter.

Highway Patrol documented a number of their New Years’ Eve traffic stops on Twitter.

Chief Jenkins added that overall his department saw fewer incidents than usual this New Year’s.

“Well from what we saw, it wasn’t as bad,” explained Jenkins. “I think it’s due in part to not a lot of people out on the road, we had a few calls, we had a couple of fires as well.”

As for the total number of incidents on the roadway, we expect that information to be released in the coming weeks.

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