Here’s how you can stay safe and get a free ride home on New Year’s Eve

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Police are cracking down on drunk driving this weekend through New Year’s day, so to avoid getting charged with a DUI or worse, plan your ride home ahead of time.

You should always plan to have a designated driver on night’s of celebration, but if you get in a pinch, there are options to help you get home safe. 

AAA of Tidewater is once again offering it’s Tipsy-Tow program to members and nonmembers alike.

The program runs through 6 a.m. on Jan. 1. They’ll take you and your car home to any where in Hampton Roads at no charge. Just call 1-800-AAA-HELP.

In order to take advantage of this program, you must be the car’s owner and be with the car, keys in hand, when they arrive. AAA of Tidewater says they will tow you and your vehicle home, but no one else.

“There’s simply not room in the truck for other passengers, but we will do our best, if necessary, to help them find other ways home.” said AAA spokeswoman, Georjeane Blumling.

Another option for New Year’s Eve is calling Kalfus and Nachman. The local law firm has been providing free rides home for several years.

You can call the Black and White Cab Company and just say “Kalfus and Nachman”  or send them a receipt from your Uber or Lyft and they’ll reimburse you up to $35. The address to send your receipt is P.O. Box 12889, Norfolk, VA, 23541.

Keep in mind, those rides can get a little pricey during surge times, so try to leave a little before peak traffic times.​​​​​​

Blumling points out, no matter how much you pay for a ride home, it’ll always cost less than a DUI. “The cost involved with getting an ignition interlock, the cost of lawyers, the cost of fees and fines can be as upwards to $10,000, even on a first offense,” she said. 

If you’re out in Norfolk or Portsmouth, you can utilize the extended hours of the HRT light rail and ferry service. 

The Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office says it will provide safe rides home from 10 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday. The number to call is 757-393-5050.

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