You planned it all out. You're going to drive tonight, but you've promised yourself you won't drink too much. But what happens when you inevitably do? There are options. Some of them are even free.
You're going to want to chose one of these options, because if you don't, a DUI is possible (police will be on maximum bust mode tonight), and the Automobile Club of Southern California says such a conviction will cost you nearly $16,000 “in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and increased insurance costs.” Not to mention a night in jail.
L.A.'s transportation system, Metro, is continuing its annual New Year's Eve tradition with free fares on buses and trains from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Not only that, but the lines will be following a more frequent-stopping weekday schedule, and then some, says Metro:
Metro will provide all-night service on the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green, Gold, Orange and Silver Lines in addition to bus lines which normally operate late-night owl service. Metro Rail and the Orange Line will run every 20 minutes from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The Silver Line will run every 60 minutes from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. (A Silver Line New Year’s Eve schedule will be posted closer to the 31st.).
A less-frequent holiday stop schedule will resume New Year's Day.
But back to that scenario where you actually drove to the party, then got too faded to drive home. The Automobile Club has a solution:
The deal is, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. AAA will send you a tow truck to take you and your ride home free … mostly. The maximum tow distance is seven miles. After that you have to pay the driver's per-mile rate. And only you can ride along. No friends.
Still, that's pretty cool. It's good for 13 Southern California counties, including L.A. Call 1-800-400-4AAA if you need a lift.
If you have the cash, an app called BeMyDD (for Be My Designated Driver) claims to be “the nation’s largest designated driver service.”
It says it's offering holiday discounts for first-time customers.
You can rent a driver for rates ranging from $14 to $19.50 an hour and, if you must, they can send a driver to take you and your car home for $25 plus mileage. Info.
Finally, we know many of you will just “Uber it” or use Lyft, but if you're wary of spikes in rates because of the increased demand for rides tonight, the app for L.A.'s regular taxicab services, Curb, promises “NO SURGE PRICING” (their caps, not ours).
A rep for Curb notes that “Curb drivers are licensed and background checked to the fullest extent of the law. When you ride with Curb, you ride with a safe, legal taxi driver.”
However you get there, get there safe. And have a better year in 2015.