Nebraska authorities urge people to find sober ride for New Year’s Eve celebrations
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Police are sharing a warning with Lincoln residents: Officers will not hesitate to make an arrest if they catch anyone drinking and driving this weekend during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The Lincoln Police Department said it will have increased law enforcement out and about Saturday night into Sunday morning.
“There’s too much at risk when someone drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs and it’s too easy to find a safe way to your destination,” LPD wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday. “That’s why we’ll have extra enforcement patrols looking to stop impaired drivers over the weekend.”
This comes as the Nebraska State Patrol has made nearly 1,000 DUI arrests so far in 2022. The patrol also said the state averages 70 alcohol-related deaths every year on our roads.
Meanwhile, the Nebraska Department of Transportation said we are seeing a 15-year high in traffic fatalities across the state.
Still, there are several ways you can snag a sober drive this weekend.
A local law firm – Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf, Lathrop – is offering to pay for your Uber or zTrip rides this weekend.
For Uber, you need to complete a form on the firm’s website, and you’ll receive a voucher for up to $30.
For zTrip, you can call 402-292-2222 and press option No. 2 to speak to a live dispatcher. You can tell them you want the “Hauptman, O’Brien Safe Ride Home” discount.
AAA is also offering its annual Tow to Go option as a last resort. But it does have strict guidelines:
- The AAA tow truck transports the vehicle and driver home or somewhere safe within 10 miles.
- Appointments cannot be scheduled in advance to use Tow to Go. It is designed as a safety net for those who did not plan ahead. Always choose a designated driver before celebrating.
- In some situations, AAA may need to make other arrangements to get an impaired person a safe ride home.
- Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions.
You can call 855-2-TOW-2-GO or 855-286-9246 for the ride.