Black ice creating hazardous conditions for New Year's Eve driving

Published: Jan. 1, 2016 at 1:42 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As the city has worked to clear many of the major thoroughfares in Lubbock, below-freezing temperatures at night have created icy roads and hazardous driving conditions, something the Lubbock Police Department is concerned about for New Year's Eve.

They are encouraging anyone going out to find a safe ride home.

Lieutenant Ray Mendoza says the Lubbock Police Department will be out in full force, just like any other New Year's Eve.

But this year, the remnants of the winter storm have created an extra worry.

"The overpasses are very dangerous. TxDOT and city crews are going to be out all weekend but that still doesn't solve all the problems," Mendoza said. "We want everybody to think twice before the get behind the wheel and if they don't have to be out, don't be out."

Mendoza says they encourage people to celebrate at home tonight if possible.

And of course, finding a designated driver or calling a taxi would be the next best decision.

Yellow Cab of Lubbock says they're prepared for their busiest night of the year with all staff on deck and all taxi's running.

However, they say you can expect an hour wait, and suggest you call ahead.

"Call about an hour before you're ready, or if you take a ride with us to the bar then get that driver's phone number and give them a call back and use it as a personal and let them know and they'll come back and get you," Kimberly Pascasio, Marketing Director at Yellow Cab of Lubbock said.

Kimberly says many of the Yellow Cab drivers have experienced driving in the snow before.

Although these road conditions could add an extra wait time tonight.

But as Mendoza says, waiting for the taxi is a much better option than the consequences of drinking and driving.

"Aside from hurting anybody or maybe potentially killing somebody because of your selfish acts of drinking and driving, the next thing you've got to worry about is the expense of the DWI," Mendoza said.

"We just want everybody to be careful and cautious of everybody around them. And just make sure everybody gets home safe. Just have fun and do it safely."

Here are the numbers if you need to call a cab. You can also catch a ride through Uber if you get the mobile app.

Yellow Cab of Lubbock: (806) 765-7777

Checker Cab: (806) 771-8899

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