New Year's Eve parties can be a lot of fun, but there can also be a lot of drinking. Enjoy the party and enjoy the drinking, but make plans in advance of how to get home without having to drive after drinking. Here are a few ways you can do that:
1. Alert Cab is a program sponsored by Budweiser and Pepin Distributing that provides free cab rides home to those who are impaired to drive. Bartenders, managers and wait staff at 250 of Pepin's largest accounts in the Tampa Bay area participate in the program and are able to arrange a ride for customers through United Cab. Look for posters and other signs at participating locations, letting you know Alert Cab is available.
2. United Cab will give customers a free ride to their homes. There are no restrictions on distance or time of night.
3. Yellow Cab will also give drunk drivers a lift. The first $15 of the fare is free, but customers have to pay anything over that. Customers have to show their car keys to prove they are making the choice not to drive.
4. Zingo is a unique service that gets you and your car home. The Zingo service will dispatch a motorbike-riding designated driver to your location. The driver will fold up the motorbike, put it in your trunk, and drive your car to whatever location you choose, be it a few blocks away or another county. The designated drivers will either ride their scooters back, or, depending on your end location, have someone from the company come get them. When you wake up the next afternoon, you and your car will be at your home. The service is available in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Customers pay a pickup fee and then a per-mile rate. In Pasco and Pinellas, for example, the initial fee is $10, the next 10 miles are $3 each and every additional mile is $2. Zingo asks that customers call about 20 minutes before they are ready to leave a location. Call Zingo at (888) ZINGO11.
5. Designated Drivers of Clearwater/Tampa is a service that was recently launched. Customers call (727) 637-1412, and the service will send a car and two drivers. One driver will drive your car to your destination while the other will follow to give your driver a ride back. The service costs $25 initially and then $2.75 per mile. On average, said owner Steve Simon, a ride will cost $40 to $60.
6. AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser are again offering their Tow to Go program this year, which started in 1998. Drivers who have been drinking and need some help getting home should call 800-AAA-Help. AAA will send a tow truck to the location and give the drivers and their vehicles a ride home. You do not have to be a AAA member to use this FREE service.
So you have no excuse to get behind the wheel and drive after drinking this New Year's Eve. Be smart. Be safe. Stay out of a car accident.
Happy New Year!! May 2011 bring happiness and safety to you and your family!
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