Keeping the holidays happy can be as simple as making sure you have a ride home lined up before you go out to celebrate. Read on for details, including a couple of services that might be new to you, and even one that offers a last minute gift option for you to give loved ones, including students.
This holiday season, the Florida Highway Patrol joins forces with law enforcement nationwide to crack down on drunk driving. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is in full effect and will continue through Jan 3rd, 2016.
With Christmas falling on a Friday, many in Tampa Bay will have the entire weekend to celebrate. FHP’s director Col. Gene Spaulding urges you to “Give the gift of being a sober, designated driver or arrange one for yourself as you celebrate the holidays.”
During last year’s holiday season, from Dec 16 to Jan 1, there were 288 alcohol-related crashes, with 20 lives lost. Col. Spaulding urges, “One life lost due to a preventable tragedy is one too many. If you drink, be responsible.”
Here’s a list of 5 drunk driving alternatives, in no particular order.
1. Tow To Go
Dec 24 – Jan 2
AAA and Bud Light offer a last resort car tow & ride home service for up to 2 people. You get a confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location.
2. Be My DD
Be My DD offers a Designated/Personal Driver Service, Car Pickup Service, & Event Driver Teams
“Nation’s Largest Designated Driver Service”
Personal Hourly Driver: $14 – $19.50/hr
Car pickup: $25 pickup, $3.45/mile
In addition to their personal hourly drivers, car pickups, and event driver teams, Be My DD offers gift cards. Their site suggests you “keep friends & family safe this holiday season” with a gift card, which is available in physical or e-card format for last minute gifts.
3. Zingo Tampa
Zingo offers a Ride Home Service, Student Gift Cards, & Company Accounts
9 pm to 3:15 am
$10 pickup, $3/mile
Zingo picks you up and drives you home in your car, then uses the scooter they bring with them as their ride home. They offer gift cards, including a student gift card program. They also offer company accounts which can be extended to employees during holiday parties, for example.
4. Alert Cab (for USF Students)
USF SAFE Team
6:30 pm – 2:30 am
Alert Cab is for students of USF who are 21+. Call the service for a free taxi ride from an alcohol serving establishment in Hillsborough County to your home in Hillsborough County. The cab holds 4 people.
Information Needed: Name, Date of birth, Driver’s license number, Location of alcohol serving establishment, and Location of residence.
The service is provided by Pepin Distributing Company and it’s a Bud Light safe ride home program, like their Tow To Go program.
Through January 1, 2016, Uber will donate $10 to MADD for every ride home purchased through UberEVENTS+MADD.
Pretty much everyone is familiar with Lyft & Uber. In addition to their standard offering, Uber provides a service for those of you planning events. Here’s how it works:
- Give Uber the details of your event, and you’ll get a code to share with guests. You only pay for what they use.
- When rides are taken care of, you can make sure your event is as well attended as it was planned.
- Reliable rides are just a tap away, so guests can leave the keys at home.
DUI Patrols in Tampa Bay
Hillsborough County Sherrif’s Office published the following DUI enforcement details as part of their public awareness plan known as Operation 3D:
- Thursday, December 24. 10 pm to 4 am: Heightened Patrol in Northern Hillsborough County
- Saturday, December 26. 10 pm to 4 am: Heightened Patrol in Western Hillsborough County
- Thursday, December 31. 10 pm to 4 am: Saturation in East County
Happy Holidays Tampa & stay safe as we ring in the New Year!
(Note: this post is informational only and is not intended to be an endorsement of any particular company.)