Iowa State Patrol spokesman Jim Saunders says there’s a simple way to avoid having you New Year’s celebration end in tragedy. He says particularily over New Year’s or anytime, if you’re going to consume alcohol, have a designated driver. Suanders says troopers will be on the lookout for drunken drivers throughout the weekend. He says if you are heading out to a party — check the weather conditions first — and take some precautions. He says wear your seatbelts, obey the traffic laws and allow plenty of time to get to your destination. State officials say a drunk driving conviction can cost you several thousand dollars.