Your New Year’s Driving Alternatives

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) –  Partygoers who over-imbibe this New Year’s Eve won’t have to struggle to make their way home. A plethora of organizations and state governments will offer free rides to revelers who have no business getting behind the wheel.

The AAA Auto Club of Southern California, for example, is offering a “tipsy tow” to residents in 13 southern California counties from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. Residents can call 1-800-400-4AAA for a free ride home of up to seven miles (just ask for a “tipsy tow”). Meanwhile, the Auto Club of Northern California, which also serves Nevada and Utah, will sponsor an almost identical program.

Auto Club South, which services Florida, Georgia and Middle/Western Tennessee, is offering a “Tow to Go” program, co-sponsored by Budweiser, which offers ride or tow free of charge. Southerners in need, even those who are non-AAA members, can take advantage of the service by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP.

According to AAA, 10% of motorists admit to driving when they thought their blood alcohol content was above the legal limit. With this in mind, AAA’s programs intend to protect both the intoxicated drivers and the sober people on the local highways. You can check here to see if your local AAA is running a program near you. 

If you can’t get a ride with AAA in your hometown – and chances are you can, as we found programs offered by auto club affiliates in  Kansas, Arizona and Hawaii, to name a few – check if your local government can give you a lift.

The Sheriff’s Department of Davidson County, Tenn., for example, is hosting a Sober Ride Project this year. Designated drivers pick up intoxicated revelers at special bus stops between 10 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday. The sheriff’s department in Rensselaer County, N.Y., meanwhile, offers an almost identical program.

Here’s to a safe new year.

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