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New Year's Eve Arrests Up

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- New Year's Eve normally means parties and bars, but not for everyone. Third Base in Cedar Rapids says the crowds were thin last night.

We had a good evening dinner crowd, but it started to slow out, said bartender Renee Sheely.

Sheely says the weather may have been a factor, or the fact that people wanted to be up early to watch the Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl.

She also says it may have come down to the day of the week.

Last year being on a Sunday it was a lot busier, but I think people decided to stay in this week.

For others, however, partying was a priority as they rang the New Year in. Apparently some of them partied too hard.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department says they made 30 total arrests between 8 pm on New Years Eve and 9 am on New Years Day. Of those arrests, 10 were drinking related - including open container violations, OWI, and public intoxication.

Last year CRPD had 13 total arrests, with 7 of them being alcohol related.

People we spoke to say they partied away from the bars and clubs.

We just decided it would be safer for us to be at home, rather than being out and about, resident Tom Busch said.

Some of them knew first-hand the dangers of combining drunk driving and slick streets.

Some guy slid into me last year, gave a fender bender to my Oldsmobile, resident Michael Darling said.

Staying inside allowed some people to explore old traditions.

We pickled herring at midnight with a piece of silver in your hand for good luck, resident Steve Powers said.

It's not Times Square, but in order to remain in bars in 2014 and not behind them - It'll have to do.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over the past decade, almost two out of every five deaths that occur around the New Years holiday were alcohol-related crashes
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