At least three area parishes are offering rides home to New Year’s Eve revelers who realize they have drunk too much and should not be driving.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will operate its Holiday Safe Ride Home Taxi initiative from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Anyone who has had too much to drink, or who knows of someone else who has, can call 911 to have a taxi sent to an address in Jefferson Parish for a safe ride home. A taxi will be dispatched through the office’s 911 center at no expense to the passenger.
The program will only pick up from, and drop off to, addresses in Jefferson Parish, and the taxi must be dispatched by the 911 center in order for the Sheriff’s Office to cover the fare.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office encourages residents who are too intoxicated to drive, have no designated driver and cannot arrange for a cab to take them home to call 911. The Sheriff’s Office will arrange for a safe ride home for the caller or, as a last resort, take the resident home, penalty free.
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office’s free Holiday Ride Home program allows residents who have had too much to drink to call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 to receive a free ride home from a deputy, no questions asked.
A deputy will pick up the caller and take him to his home in St. Bernard or, if he lives outside the parish, to a sheriff’s substation where he can make arrangements to be picked up.
St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain urged all citizens to do the smart thing before they begin celebrating. “Arrange for a designated driver. That is the safest and easiest way to ensure your night ends as happily as it begins,” he said.