If you plan on drinking New Year's eve, plan a way to get home safely. Texas DPS troopers will be out in full force protecting the highways. The Nueces County District Attorney says they've enlisted a phlebotomist to aid in the "No Refusal" initiative. Anyone who is suspected of drinking and driving and refuses to give a breath specimen will go before a judge for a warrant for blood withdrawal.
All law enforcement agencies say planning ahead is key to enjoying the celebrations while staying safe. Here's a few options should you find you've had too many drinks to drive home safely:
Apollo Towing No Excuses
Free towing and ride for the driver only.
Must show ID
Serves Corpus Christi, Portland and Robstown areas.
Green-n-Go Cabs and Super Yellow Cabs
Free rides from 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 3 a.m. on New Year's Day
AAA Tipsy Tow
Free towing up to 10 miles.
The service will be available statewide from 6:00 p.m. New Year's Eve to 6:00 on New Year's Day
Drivers, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP
You do not have to be a AAA member to use the Tipsy Tow service however it is only for a one-way, one-time ride for a driver and tow for that driver’s vehicle.
And there's always rideshare services available like Uber and Lyft or designate a driver before the drinking starts.