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12/31/08

Safe Alternatives to Get Home This New Year's Eve

As we all count down the final minutes of 2008, Lubbockites might also be counting how many officers will be on area roads.

"DPS will be out with all available units and officers and we will be primarily targeting DWI," said Corporal John Gonzalez with the Texas Department of Public Safety.   

After all New Year's Eve can be one of the deadliest nights for drunk driving nation wide and the Texas Department of Public Transportation doesn't want folks in town to be part of the annual statistics.

"Worst case scenario if you have a party at your house and you have room for them to stay let them stay there," said Gonzalez. 

So before you pop open that bottle of bubbly at a New Year's party you're hosting, there are a couple of things you need to do to help your guests celebrate safely.

"Take up their keys just like you would their coats, evaluate your friends and families before they leave your house, if they've been drinking, stop serving alcohol at an early time before people start leaving," said Gonzalez. 

And if all else fails it never hurts to call a cab.

"The consequences of a DWI are really strict and really harsh and it is just so much cheaper to pay 20 or 30 dollars for cab fare," said Yellow Cab Vice President Steve Sexton.

Yellow Cab in Lubbock says that they are ready for the holiday.

"We'll be busy we'll be running full speed and have people taking orders and we just need people's cooperation and we will be out there as soon as we can hopefully within about 15 minutes in most cases," said Sexton. 

That 15-minutes can be the difference between life and death.

"There are so many things we can do differently before it becomes an issue and a problem and somebody gets injured or killed as a result of those, please exercise all those options," said Gonzalez. 

Another option AAA is offering the Tipsy Tow If called they will dispatch a tow truck to get you and your car home safe and the first ten miles are free.

The Tipsy Tow service started at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will continue until January 2nd at 12 a.m.

DPS urges if you are out drinking tonight to keep these phone numbers on you.

The Tipsy Tow line is 1-800-AAA-HELP and the Yellow Cab number is 765-7777.

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