Some on social media are in an uproar over the Barbie Jeep Girl’s newfound fame. When the 20-yr old Texas State student Tara Monroe got a DWI and her car was taken away, she decided a bike was not for her. Naturally, she picked up a Barbie Jeep on Craigslist instead.
— c l a r y (@_c_l_a_r_y_) September 3, 2015
While some find humor in her decision to rock out on campus in a pink toy car, others worry her 5 minutes of fame diminish the serious implications of her DUI. This Labor Day weekend, don’t let the lyrics from Aqua’s hit 80s song “Barbie Girl” be your claim to fame. When the holiday weekend beckons “Come on Barbie, let’s go party!” make sure you line up your ride home! Here’s our list of some better options:
For those of you who find yourself out late but don’t want to abandon your car, try Zingo. Tampa-based Zingo offers a unique service that gets you and your car home safe. They are open from 9 p.m. to 3:15 a.m.. Just follow these easy steps:
- Call Zingo at 1-888-ZINGO-11.
- Zingo arrives and places a folding scooter in your trunk.
- Zingo drives YOU home in YOUR car.
- Their driver takes off on the scooter.
Make sure you mention this blog post to get $5 off! Since the service is only about $5 more than a cab ride, it’s even more of a no brainer!
TOW 2 GO: A Partnership Between AAA and Bud Light
CALL (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246
Since 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 23,000 drunk drivers from the roads. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks.
- Confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location
- You do not need to be a AAA member to use the service.
- Meant for use as a last resort, after designated driver and other alternatives.
- Tow 2 Go tow trucks will take up to 2 people home; if there are more people in your group, you will need to make other arrangements to get home safely.
- Tow 2 Go is not available by appointment.
In Tampa, you have the choice of Uber or UberSelect, which offers sleek rides in Downtown Tampa and St. Pete at an affordable price, according to this post from Uber which lists rates.
Most of you probably already have the lyft app, but if you haven’t there’s a promotion you may not know about.
Starbuck & Lyft Offering Free Ride Credit
Starbucks & Lyft have a new partnership that can get you some free rides this Labor Day weekend, plus the caffeine you might need the next day! For new users without a Lyft account, download the Lyft app for the first time from the link located in your My Starbucks Rewards app, and you will receive a $20 ride credit available for use on your first ride. You’ll also get 12 stars after your first ride. Log into or sign up for Starbucks Rewards here or download the app.
Lyft is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Heightened DUI Patrols in Tampa This Weekend
According to NHTSA.gov, “In the last 5 years, over 750 people were killed in drunk driving accidents during the Labor Day weekend.” Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police, and Florida Highway Patrol will be in force for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over program through the Labor Day weekend. For Hillsborough County Operation 3D calendar of events, click here. One of these is a multi-agency saturation checkpoint at 4425 E Fowler Ave. from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. this Saturday night – wouldn’t a sober driver be a pleasant way to get through that?
According to MADD, “officers will be out in full force throughout the long weekend, with effective, high-visibility enforcement that has shown to reduce drunk driving deaths by 20 percent.” Should you choose not to use a designated driver or plan for a ride this weekend, debating use of a toy car as your mode of transportation will likely not be the worst of the problems you face.
The now infamous Barbie Jeep Girl (@tarap_queen) told MySanAntonio.com “This is the best way I could have gotten my 15 minutes of fame,” she said. “Basically, it was the best decision I’ve made in college, yet…” We hope our designated driver list helps make this Labor Day Weekend’s decisions a little less famous for our Tampa community.