Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You should totally take advantage of free rides on New Year's Eve

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

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If you are a man or lady between the ages of 18 and, say, 45, chances are A.) You are going to get drunk on December 31, and B.) You own a smartphone that you cling to more tightly than the life you could potentially lose should you insist on driving with a belly fulla Andre champagne (the beverage, not the hockey player).

The Georgia Office of Highway Safety developed an app for iPhone and Android that "allows Georgians to have mobile access to organizations around the state providing free rides home for those who are impaired by alcohol" on New Year's Eve and again on Superbowl Sunday. From the looks of the app, you hit free rides and then your city or region, which connects you with one of the "wide variety" of taxi companies and designated driver services.

Of course, if you don't want to download an app that you can only use on two specific nights or you don't have a phone with app downloading capabilities (I didn't until, like, a couple months ago, so no judgment here), you can go to the GOHS's website and print out/write down the applicable phone numbers.

In Atlanta-proper, it looks like Zingo and Designated Driver Alternative are the free-ride options. Anyone utilized these services in the past? Are they reliable? Timely? Regardless, getting home late is better than getting home dead, I suppose.

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