How to Get Home Safe This New Year’s Eve
Although the main holiday focus is on Christmas, New Year's Eve is right around the corner. In all the reverie, it can be easy to forget to find a designated driver or to find a ride home. The Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Highway Patrol have put out a press release urging drivers to stay safe this holiday season, noting that there were 40 drunk driving fatalities in Wyoming in 2017.
The press release also noted that drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08%, and that consequences for impaired driving can include jail time, fines, and the revocation of driver's licenses.
With SafeRide shutting down for the University of Wyoming's winter closure, Laramie residents are going to need to find other ways to get home safely. Here are a few resources to look into this year.
Laramie currently has two taxi services running, Laramie Taxi and Snowy Range Taxi. In addition to those services, Wyoming recently allowed rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, which might offer a little bit more availability for passengers looking for a ride home.
Every year, A-1 Towing and Recovery offers free rides and tows in rememberence of Cal Candelaria, who was killed in a drunk driving accident in 1993. They will be offering rides starting at about 3 p.m. on December 31 and will go until about 3 a.m. the morning of January 1.
It happens to the best of us. Sometimes the designated driver ends up drinking or even leaving the party early. Even if it's 2 in the morning, I would rather my friends call me than try to drive home thinking that they're "sober enough". Your friends and family might grumble about it later, but they'd rather make sure you got home safe. Celebrate responsibly!