Ride Safe on New Year’s Eve

Don’t risk driving under the influence on Dec. 31

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013  |  Updated 9:15 AM PDT
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With New Year’s Eve approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll get home from the party.

New Year’s Day is the deadliest day for alcohol-related fatalities, according to AAA, and it’s crucial to make sure motorists don’t drink and drive. Plus there are additional DUI-checkpoints throughout the area on Dec. 31 – and it’s not worth risking an arrest.

Thankfully, San Diegans have plenty of driving-free options for safe transportation. Read on to figure out which option works best for you.

Free Coaster Trains

North County Transit District is offering free train rides after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Local COASTER and Sprinter trains, along with Breeze buses, will offer free rides to partygoers without any tickets required. Visit the NCTD website for more information.

AAA Tipsy Tow
Call 800-400-4222 for a free tow home of up to seven miles with the Automobile Club of Southern California. The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home 6 p.m. Monday, Dec.  31 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. Visit the AAA website for more information.

UBER San Diego
This handy app allows users to request a driver just about anywhere. With the push of a button, UBER sends a personal driver to your location to take you wherever you need to go. Base fares start at $8.50 and increases $3.50 for every mile.

Be My Designated Drive
Reserve a personal driver in advance to meet you at your location. The driver can take you to your destination, wait with your car and then safely transport you back to your original location. Call 1-877-823-6933 or visit the website to make a reservation.

Plus there's always the option of taking a cab home. But in case you don't find one, keep one of the above options in mind. Here's to a safe 2013!

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