Officials urge NYE revelers to celebrate responsibly

Officials urge NYE revelers to celebrate responsibly

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new year brings endless potential, but for some 2015 ended before it could even begin.

"Last year during Christmas and New Year we looked at several crashes. There were 21 deaths from crashes last year just during that two week period. Over 50 percent of those deaths involved impaired drivers," said TFC Bryan Lee with the Louisiana State Police.

According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, last year drunk driving played a role in 10 deaths statewide just during the three-day New Year Holiday, marking a five year high for deaths from crashes involving alcohol during the end of the year.

State Police are hoping this year will different. Safety patrols will be out in full force looking for drunk or unsafe drivers.

"If you're going to be out drinking and driving, you will encounter a trooper and you will get arrested," said Lee.

To encourage a safe and responsible holiday there are plenty of options for a safe ride home including Ubuer, local taxi services and free towing.

Uber will donate $10 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving if you arrange rides with the company for your party guests ahead of time. Click here for more info on Uber's New Year's Eve prices.

If you're a little low on funds and don't want to leave your car behind, you can call for a free tow from Guy's Towing. Guy's has been offering free tows during the holidays since the 80's, just call (225) 275-6411.

The Safe Ride app from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes it easy to find a taxi as well. The free download is available for Apple devices on the iTunes store or Android devices on Google Play.

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