AAA part of Lincoln efforts to curb drunken driving over New Year’s

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — We’re about to ring in the new year with family and friends, and it’s not uncommon to celebrate with a few drinks.

But you will want to make sure you don’t hop on the road after drinking.

Lincoln Police warn that there will be serious repercussions if you hop on the road drunk: ruining your record or worse, harming yourself or someone else.

Law enforcement is trying to prevent this with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign.

It’s in full effect this December and the campaign seeks to aggressively watch for impaired drivers and snatch them off the road before anyone gets hurt this holiday season.

The campaign is funded by the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Office of Highway Safety.

Capt. Todd Kocian said the campaign provides overtime for local officers, but more importantly encourages people to stay off the roads after drinking.

“What we always tell people as part of their holiday plans is if you’re going to go out and enjoy some beverages with a group of friends or family, always plan ahead if you know you’re going to be doing that ahead of time. Try to work out those plans ahead of time and try to arrange for alternate transportation.”

If you find yourself having celebrated a little too much, AAA’s Tow to Go program could serve as an emergency option for much-needed help.

The free program allows members and non-members to call for a ride and vehicle tow to any safe location within 10 miles of pickup.

Its goal is to keep streets safe from drunk drivers. It has been doing so for 25 years, with 25,ooo people having used the service since it started.

AAA spokesman Brian Ortner said people shouldn’t worry that it’s risky to call AAA while drunk because it’s a confidential program.

“The only reason that first responders would be notified is if there was an actual medical emergency where the need was there,” he said.

The ultimate goal is to get you home safely.

Kris Jordan of Lincoln is planning on celebrating this New Year’s, and he thinks the program offers a valuable service to the community.

“If you’re in a pinch and you have a couple drinks too many, and you gotta get home, the last thing you want to do is drive, so that’s really awesome that AAA is doing that,” he said.

It’s important to note that the Tow to Go program is only for the driver of the vehicle and will not take additional passengers home.

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