Officials Warn of the Dangers While Riding Drunk on the Metro

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LAHNAHM, Md. (CBSDC) — We’ve all heard the message “don’t drink and drive.” With New Year’s Eve around the corner, the same thing applies to Metro passengers.

WNEW’s Matt Delsignore reports since October, there have been over half a dozen recent incidents involving drunk passengers and that has Metro officials reminding people to be smart if they’re using the rail system this New Year’s Eve.

On Sunday, a man was taken to the hospital after he fell at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says that the man was apparently under the influence of alcohol when he was leaning against a wall, passed out and fell backward hitting his head.

READ MORE: Man Injures Himself at DC’s L’Enfant Plaza Station

More police will be out on New Year’s Eve, but Metro Spokesman Phillip Stewart says if you are going out you should watch out for your friends and yourself if you take advantage of Metro’s later hours to bring in the new year.

Metro rail system will be open until 2:00 a.m. Tuesday night, instead of the usual midnight cutoff.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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