While reports show the number of drunk driving deaths has significantly decreased, it is still a major concern. Tuesday, law enforcement agencies are serving up a reminder on two lifesaving programs.
Local law enforcement agencies are taking a familiar stand this holiday season, asking people to choose a designated driver, but they're also getting the word out about two backup plans.
Brenda Smith of AAA says, “Last year Tow To Go kept 1,300 drivers off of the roads in the southeast.”
Starting November 25 through January 1, people can call 1-800-AAA-HELP. AAA will dispatch a tow truck to take both the driver and vehicle home free of charge. This service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and this service is provided to AAA members and non-AAA members.
During the same time period, Yellow Cab will be providing a similar service.
Floyd Webb of Yellow Cab says, “You simply see the bartender or the manager of the establishment and they'll call a Yellow Cab and get you home free of charge.”
With these options, law enforcement officers say there is no excuse for driving under the influence.
Deputy Chief John Proctor with the Tallahassee Police Department says, “If you choose to drink and drive our officers will ride you free, straight to jail.”
In 2003, Yellow Cab gave local citizens 208 rides home, an increase from only 24 in 2002. Officers say this is a result of increased awareness.