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Too Inebriated to Drive? Hitch a Free Ride Home

Attention tipsy revelers. Feeling tired, inebriated or your senses compromised? Well, Valley Metro suggests that you “freeze the keys” and hop on for a free ride in their public transportation. Valley Metro has joined hands with Coors light to offer free rides on Valley Metro rail, bus, ADA Dial-a-Ride and paratransit services to discourage woozy party-goers to get behind the wheels.

The services would start in the evening at seven on December 31. Enthusiastic merrymakers have a chance to plan their itinerary in advance and schedule their visits to celebrations across the city on New Year’s Eve. What’s more, Valley Metro even volunteers to plan your transit trip. You may visit its official website or call (602) 253-5000. The customer service will be available from 6 am to 8 pm on New Year’s Eve.

Revelers may now party around the eve and also responsibly ring in the new year.

Keeping in mind late New Year’s Eve celebrations, Valley Metro announced that it would offer its rail services until 2 am.

As for Valley Metro bus routes, they will run on a regular schedule. Though you may check schedules for exact times, the city of Tempe will have enhanced service for routes 48, 62, 72, 65/66, Mars, Mercury, Earth, Jupiter, and Venus. This will be every half hour until 2 am.

You may hop on a train ride for home after parking at any one of the Valley Metro Rail park & rides.

Customers may also get $5 off two Uber rides to or from Valley Metro Rail stations, states the announcement. This can be availed after entering the code CLHOLIDAY18 from December 1 to January 1 at 10 am.

AAA’s Tipsy Tow service

Partygoers, if impaired to drive, can also opt for AAA Arizona’s free rides and tow of up to 10 miles by to their residence or hotel, irrespective of the membership. The services would commence at 6 pm on December 31 to 6 in the morning of January 1, 2019.

This is part of AAA’s effort to educate motorists and highlight the dangers of impaired driving also to reduce traffic-related crashes and injuries, AAA states on its website.

Post 10 miles; motorists will be charged a standard towing rate. This service is open for individuals who wish to hitch a safe ride home if the driver/motorist is too inebriated to drive.

You may call for a Tipsy Tow service on 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357).

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