Parent's focus on children's safety with New Year's Eve plans

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — New Year's Eve is all about celebrating what's to come, but for a lot of Twin Falls parents, like Haley Lott, their night revolves around their little ones.

With the last few hours of 2017 winding down, Lott and her kids put together a puzzle.

"They love puzzles, so that's what we do," she said.

When she became a mom four years ago, she said it changed her whole perspective on life.

"It just went from thinking of myself to thinking of somebody else," she said.

So when it came to new years eve plans her kids, and their safety was the first thing she thought about.

"My number one thing is how is it going to affect my kids?" she said.

Lott said a painful lesson from one of her close friends taught her to avoid traveling late with kids, especially at this time of year.

"I have a friend who lost her husband and her baby in a car accident because of a drunk driver and it's put me on hyper alert," she said.

She added she has to think extra about her kids' safety because a person driving drunk or impaired won't be.

"Even if it's not a holiday, if it's the weekend," she said, "there's always going to be somebody that won't be thinking of the other person in the car, just themselves."

The Twin Falls Police Department said between the increase in drunk driving and the weather parents should follow the "rule of too" and consider staying in for their New Year's celebrations.

"If they're too young, it's too cold, it's too late, and it's too dangerous," said Sgt. David Frick.

Lott said she and her kids are going to stick to New Year's Eve puzzles, but she hopes people think twice before driving unsafely.

"Think about your family, it might not be your kids, but think about your parents your siblings, all the people that love you and how it will affect them if something happens to you," she said.

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