Don’t think you are “okay” to drive, it’s not worth the risk.
Law enforcement will be out in full force for the holiday weekend, so if you find that you’ve had too much to drink, there are a few options to help get you home safely.
For the 15th year, the Auto Club of Southern California will offer its free Tipsy Tow service again for the holiday weekend. From 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday, you can call 800-400-4-AAA and the Auto Club will give you a free tow home of up to seven miles. But AAA said there are some rules you need to follow: the ride is only available to the driver, no passengers can be included. And it’s a first-come, first-serve basis, you can’t call and make a reservation. The Auto Club said the program should be used as a last resort, and everyone should be planning to designate a sober driver early. They also said to bring your patience, because the two truck drivers will be very busy.
Also for the 15th year, the Bud Light Designated Driver Program” will be offering free cab rides home to anyone who may have had too much to drink. Just call 325-5041 and a Yellow Cab will pick you up and take you home for free within city limits. That program will run between 10 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday. Law enforcement officials are encouraging anyone who sees a drunk driver out on the roads to call 911. Also, they warn that it’s not worth it to get behind the wheel if you’ve had a few drinks, because they’ll be out in force looking for impaired drivers.
The service is aimed at reducing the number of drunken drivers on the road and decreasing road deaths, officials said. Last year in California, 25 people were killed in traffic crashes during the New Year’s weekend, and the California Highway Patrol arrested 961 people on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.