Ways to safely get home on New Year’s Eve

Ways to safely get home on New Year’s Eve

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - With New Year’s Eve celebrations about to be in full swing, it’s important to know how to make it home safely after a night of having fun.

Several services in East Texas are offering people ways to safely get home after going out for the night.

Roberts & Roberts - The law firm is partnering with the Taxi Cab Company of Tyler to offer free rides home to people in Tyler and Longview. Cabs are available 24/7 and if you need a ride you can call (903) 592-3232.

Longview Transit Safe-Ride-Home - For the eleventh consecutive year, Longview Transit will give free rides to anyone within the Longview city limits on New Year’s Eve between 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Rides can be scheduled by calling Longview Transit at 903-753-2287 ext.10.

AAA Tipsy Tow Service - AAA Texas encourages everyone, who is of legal drinking age and plans to have alcoholic beverages to celebrate New Year’s Eve, to designate a non-drinking driver, call for a cab or approved ride-sharing service, or plan an overnight stay before having their first drink. As a last resort, AAA Texas will offer a free community service called Tipsy Tow which aims to keep drinking drivers off the road. The service will be available statewide from 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Drivers, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Callers simply request a Tipsy Tow and will receive the free tow and ride home. A regular AAA Texas-contracted roadside service truck will be dispatched. For rides more than 10 miles, drivers should expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor. The passenger and tow truck driver should agree in advance what the excess mileage charges will be and the method of payment, prior to the tow.

You can also download the Uber or Lyft apps to request a ride home, or just have a designated driver in your group. Whatever it is that you do, just don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to arrive safely in 2019!

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