New Year's Eve in and around Detroit as people hope for a better 2012 for our state

DETROIT (WXYZ) - It was a rush at the stores for people making sure they had a glass of bubbly to toast at midnight.

"People like that Moet Champagne and also a Martini & Rossi Spumante," said Patrick Foumia of Southfield's Park Place Fine Wine and Liquor.

That means a jump in profits for many stores for their year's end sales.

"Sales pick up around 4pm and 5pm because everyone is trying to get that last minute drink to ring in the new year," said Foumia.

To make sure you ring in the new year responsibly, the Oakland County Sheriff's Department is one of more than 165 law enforcement agencies cracking down on drunk driving this holiday.

"Improper lane use, vehicles weaving back and forth, and going into other lanes.  That's a sure sign of someone being under the influence of alcohol," said Deputy Sheriff Eric Shimmell.

According to police impaired driving plays a part in nearly 38 percent of all traffic deaths.

"If you don't end up getting pulled over by the police, there's a good chance you're going to end up in an accident," said Deputy Sheriff Shimmell.

Many people play it safe with a designated driver or find more family friendly events to scope out.  The rink was packed with ice skating at Campus Martius Park and people waiting for the dropping of the giant sized letter ‘D' in downtown Detroit for the second year in a row.

"We're all about Detroit, we're both born in Detroit and we were here for the tree lighting so we thought we would come down here tonight," said Troy resident Marianne Peggie.

She came down with another friend to watch the six foot ‘D' drop at midnight, and to celebrate what the future holds for the city.

"Just even walking and seeing how vibrant things are down here, it gives you hope that there will be a turnaround," said Sterling Heights Resident Donna Torrice. 

Event organizers said that 5,000 people watched the ‘D' drop downtown last year, and they are hoping that number will be 10,000 this year.

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