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Austin Increasing Crackdown on Drunk Driving for NYE

If you needed more reason to get a designated driver for New Year's Eve (and you really shouldn't need one), the City of Austin is increasing their enforcement of the DWI laws this holiday.

Thanks to KVUE.com for the information and video.

In 2007, the Austin Police Department began their Home For The Holidays initiative to crack down on drunk driving between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. That program continues (and has been expanded) to this day - including this year. In essence - get yourself a designated driver for the evening.

One major part of the program is a "no refusal" initiative on New Year's Eve itself. If a driver suspected of a DWI refuses a breathalyzer test, judges will be on hand to issue search warrant for a blood test. 

On top of looking for intoxicated drivers, police will be cracking down on drivers engaged in other dangerous activities, such as speeding, tailgating and aggressive driving.

If you can't get a designated driver for the evening and you find yourself too intoxicated to drive, please make note of the following services that can help get you home safely - sometimes even for free.

  • soberRide will provide callers in Travis and Williamson counties a free cab ride (up to a $30 fare) home. Call (512) 657-2999.
  • Tipsy Taxi will not only get you home safely, but will get your car home, as well. As for a fare significantly cheaper than a cab. (512) 848-4553. (AAA offers a similar service for free, but will only tow your car up to three miles)
  • Starting at 6pm, all CapMetro bus services will be free of charge all night. This includes the Night Owl routes, which run every 30-60 minutes from midnight to 3am. 

Header photo provided by Flickr Creative Commons


Tags: safety, New Year's Eve, DWI, AAA, driving

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