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The holiday season is a time for friends, family and extra cheer -- but it is also the season for DUI checkpoints and alcohol-related accidents on the roadway.
According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 40% of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year's involve drunk drivers. The NHTSA estimates that alcohol related fatalities increase by more than 30% during the Christmas holiday and by about 50% over New Years.
To help combat these statistics, there are several companies across the nation that offer alternatives to drinking and driving. Many of them are free and the ones that charge, are very affordable -- especially when you consider the cost of a DUI, or worse, the consequences of causing a fatal accident.
Since we all like to have a little fun --especially during the holiday season -- here is a list of excellent options that are available in cities and states across the nation that are great, easy and affordable alternatives to driving yourself home. While not all of these are available everywhere, most of them are available in bigger cities.
How to arrange: Call 855-2-TOW-2-GO (855-286-9246)
From Dec. 24th to 6 a.m. on Jan. 2, AAA tow trucks will give local rides within a 10-mile radius that transport a vehicle, the driver and 1 other person home. It is designed to be used as a last resort so no appointments are taken. Free and available to both AAA members and non-members. Service is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.
How to arrange: Mobile apps
Once properly installed on a smartphone, Uber or Lyft users can just call a driver with the press of a button. The cost is usually more affordable than cabs and the payment and tip are automatically handled once you arrive to your destination.
How to arrange: Mobile App
Location: Has drivers in 31 states and 76 cities
Services are available 24/7. App users can hire a driver for long periods of time or if users have already driven somewhere, they can arrange pickup service to get both themselves and their car back home. Visit bemydd.com.