There is no question that many people will be celebrating New Year’s Eve/New Years Day. But make no mistake, New Year’s Eve has the highest pedestrian death rate for the whole year; that means there is no other day that has a higher death rate. Still, there are services provided for that day to allow safer means of transportation.
AAA will be providing a FREE car ride and tow up to seven miles, even to non-members! Below is an excerpt from their site:
Statistics show that traffic-related fatalities increase significantly around the holidays. As such, the Auto Club sponsors a complimentary Tipsy Tow service on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, which offers free rides to drivers who have been drinking. Avoid becoming a statistic and help guests stay safe by following these tips:
- Ensure all guests have a ride to and from their destination in a car driven by a non-drinking designated driver
- Plan activities that take the focus away from drinking, and make non-alcoholic beverages readily available
- Serve high-protein snacks to slow down alcohol absorption
- Stop serving alcohol at least 90 minutes before a party ends, and serve guests coffee or dessert
- Take car keys from intoxicated guests who plan to drive home
Tipsy Tow service provides a complimentary ride and vehicle tow up to seven miles from the point of pickup to drivers who have consumed alcohol on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. Tipsy Tow service is available to members and non-members. Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-400-4222.
However it’s not just AAA offering free transit services, Long Beach Transit has announced it will be providing free bus transit as well.
Avoid traffic and parking while being safe and responsible this New Year’s Eve – Ride Long Beach Transit for FREE!
Starting at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, free system-wide bus service will be available on Long Beach Transit. You can catch regular service heading out of the First Street Transit Gallery, located on 1st Street between Pine Avenue and Long Beach Blvd in downtown Long Beach, through 12:35 a.m. Plus, extended service will be available with the last buses leaving at 2:35 a.m. from the Transit Gallery.
BART, or Bay Area Rapid Transit, is also believed to continue its 14-year tradition of providing free transit, though no public announcements supporting this claim have been made as of yet.
San Francisco and Sacramento will get another free transportation service thanks to the help of Berg Injury Lawyers. Read more below:
Berg Injury Lawyers offer free cab rides home only in SF and Sacramento, typically from 10 pm on Tuesday December 31, 2013 through 4 am on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
- San Francisco (within city limits), call Luxor Cab at (415) 282-4141. Tell them “Berg Injury Lawyers is picking up the tab” ($35 Limit)
- In Sacramento, call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Tell them “Berg Injury Lawyers is picking up the tab” ($35 Limit)
EAST BAY UPDATE: Unfortunately the Safe and Sober Free Cab program is not valid in the East Bay. You can still try AAA’s Tipsy Tow, the Downtown Oakland Free B Bus and check out Funcheap’s NYE public transport guide. Stay safe and please don’t drink and drive.
What about LA you may ask? Los Angeles’s Metro services is providing free transit on Christmas & New Years. This includes buses and rail lines.
Once again, Metro will be offering free rides on all their bus and rail lines for travelers on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Take advantage of the free fare program between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on the nights/early mornings of December 24th-25th and December 31st-January 1st.
With all free services being provided, there should be no reason to get behind the wheel this New Years. Please celebrate responsibly and enjoy the upcoming New Year!
Sources: laist.com & sfweekly.com & lbtransit.com