Top 7 Ways to Avoid a DUI on New Year's Eve
Budgets don't always leave room for party buses, limos or even taxi cabs, but if you're looking for a way to get around on New Year's Eve, chances are that other people are, too. So pool your resources, join forces and avoid breaking the bank with a carpool. Craigslist has a section devoted entirely to rideshares, where you can browse offers and post your own ride needs, too. There's also Southern California 511, a free service that supplies L.A.-area transport information, including where to find a carpool. Similarly, eRideshare.com is free to join, and you can browse matches based on your needs. While these services are tailored for commuters, they're also a way to help plan special events, and that includes New Year's Eve.
3. Public Transportation
If you're willing to take advantage of L.A.'s public transport system on NYE, there's no need to plan your celebrations around a timetable. The Metro Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Gold and Orange Lines operate a special 24-hour service every 20 minutes, and from 9pm to 2am, it's free. The Metro also offers several apps and other resources for smartphones, including a mobile website, simple trip planner, Nextrip (which forecasts bus arrivals) and the ever-handy Go Metro app, too.
2. Tow Trucks
Usually, getting your car towed isn't a good thing, but with AAA's Tipsy Tow service, you're the one doing the towing. If you're too drunk to drive home, just call 1-800-400-4222, and a tow truck shows up to haul your car and give you a ride up to seven miles away -- for free. You don't need to be a member of AAA, either. Of course, you could just park your car wherever you want and another towing company will probably take it away, too.
Finally, let's not forget our most important and reliable resources -- our friends. While making plans for New Year's Eve, think about sharing across social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. Or just send out a group email asking whether anyone would be willing to be the designated driver. If New Year's Eve rolls around and you need a last-minute ride home, send out a text to contacts in your address book, or better yet, just pick up the phone and call someone. Chances are they'll be glad to hear from you.