With the new year comes a chance to make better choices. If you plan to be celebrate tonight, remember don't drink and drive. It's always best to be safe than sorry.
Captain Kip Judice of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office says there are other options. Take a cab, let a sober friend drive, or just stay where you are and sleep it off. Juidce says law enforcement will be in full force. "On this night more than 70% of the crashes will be alcohol related. So you got to understand that it increases everyone's dangers by 70% when these people get behind the wheel and drink and drive."
Lafayette Police say it's true that a drunk driver puts everyone in danger. Plus, don't forget seatbelts. "Call a cab or stay where you are. If you are going to be out and about this evening, we encourage everyone to buckle up. Make sure other people in your vehicle are buckled up while you're on the road," says Corporal Kyle Soriez.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
Guy's Offers Free Tow
Local law enforcement will be out and about watching for people driving under the influence on New Year's Eve. Law enforcement will be in full force patrolling the streets.
Many of the car crashes on New Year's Eve are the result of drunk driving. To make it worse these are accidents that could have easily been avoided.
Police are encouraging citizens to take car keys away from a person who's intoxicated.
If you are intoxicated and don't have someone to drive your vehicle home Guy's Towing will tow your vehicle for free tonight. It's a part of their Tow for Life Program.
The program is designed to provide service to those who plan on drinking and don't have a designated driver.
Qualifications for the service are have an operable vehicle; live within the city limits of Lafayette, Broussard or Baton Rouge, outside these limits you must pay a fee of $2.50 per mile.
Guy's will tow your vehicle to your house. If you are already detained by police they will not tow your vehicle for free.
The number to call is 1-800-237-GUYS.