BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police in Baton Rouge began extra DWI patrols Tuesday night in preparation for the New Year, joining Louisiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies, and fortunately, there are many options to find a safe and even free ride home after celebrating.
New Year's Eve is a time full of celebration, but some take the celebrating a little too far. Over the Christmas holiday, LSP arrested nearly 200 suspected drunk drivers statewide. On New Year's Eve, troopers will be out in force again. Officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department will be out as well, some of them setting up checkpoints.
"We do see a rise in the number of people who choose to drive impaired," said Tpr. Jared Sandifer with Louisiana State Police. "We do see a rise in arrests for New Year's. We just ask that people keep that in mind. Don't get behind the wheel if they're impaired."
When 2015 arrives and you need a safe ride home, there are more options than ever in Baton Rouge and many of them are free for the holiday.
If you choose the city's newest ride-sharing service, Uber, you can find a ride home and help out Mothers Against Drunk Driving at the same time. Simply download the Uber app to get a ride and use the promotion code MADDNYE when requesting a driver. The company will donate $1 to the organization for every ride.
Mockler Beverage is again sponsoring two different free rides home: cab rides from Yellow Cab and a free tow from Guy's Towing.
"If we save one life with the program, we feel it's been a success," said Jeff Babin, a manager with Guy's Towing.
Gordon McKernan Injury Lawyers is also offering free rides until 3 a.m. New Year's Day. Those numbers are:
Yellow Cab: 225-926-6400
Guy's Towing: 225-275-6411
Gordon McKernan Injury Lawyers: 225-888-8888
We wish everyone a safe and happy New Year.