AAA asks drivers to make plans for New Year's Eve celebrations

Many options available to partygoers

SAN ANTONIO – As you put the finishing touches on your New Year’s Eve party plans, AAA of Texas is asking drivers to make alternate transportation plans a part of the process.

“Take the time before you take that first alcoholic beverage and make a plan with your friends and family to get to your destination and back home safely,” said Doug Shupe, spokesman for AAA of Texas.

Shupe said that there are many options available to people who may have had too much to drink, from naming a sober designated driver, to city-approved ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, to taking a taxicab.

“We’re going to have a full staff and all of our drivers are going to be out there,” said George Alva, with Yellow Cab Co.

Like the ridesharing services, Alva said that the cab company has an app option.

“Press the button, the system takes over, and we get a cab dispatched to them,” Alva said.

AAA offers what it calls the Tipsy Tow program.

“What Tipsy Tow is is a ride for one person and a tow for their vehicle for up to 10 miles,” Shupe said.

The San Antonio Police Department said additional patrols will be on the streets on New Year’s Eve on the lookout for drunk drivers. 

The Police Department has a zero-tolerance policy. If you are driving drunk, you will be going to jail.

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