Stay Safe This New Year’s Eve: Schedule A Safe Ride Home

New Year’s Eve is a time for parties, dancing and of course, spending time with those you love. Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day is also one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. According to AAA, 122 people were killed in crashes on New Year’s Day in 2012 and a little over half of those crashes involved a drunk driver. If you plan to be out celebrating tonight, stay safe and have a designated driver or take public transportation to ensure you get home safely. While having a designated driver may seem like common sense to most, some party-goers still don’t arrange safe transportation ahead of time or forget to plan a second form of safe transportation in case plans fall through.

The MBTA schedule for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is available here. The MBTA will not collect fares after 8 p.m. Additionally, there are an endless number of cab companies that can take you home safely. Do some research ahead of time and save a few companies’ phone numbers to ensure you have a safe way home in case any other plans fall through.

Additionally, some local businesses are stepping up to provide safe transportation for those out and about on New Year’s. Here are some of the companies and organizations offering safe transportation for party-goers in a few areas of Massachusetts.

Central Massachusetts:

Arnie’s 24-Hour Towing on Route 20 in North Oxford is offering to tow cars for a reduced rate in Oxford and Charlton from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2:00 a.m. on Jan. 1.

Springfield:

Yellow Cab in Springfield is once again offering free cab rides through Dial-a-Ride, a program co-sponsored by United Way of Pioneer Valley, Williams Distributing and Rock 102/Lazer 99.3. Cab rides will be available from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 1. Cab drivers will only take passengers to the address listed on their driver’s license. To schedule a ride, call 413-739-9999.

The Law Firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP is also offering free cab rides to party-goers in Springfield from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1 by calling *LAW (*529) on a mobile phone or 1-800-529-1010.The Law Firm is also providing free cab rides to those in Burlington, Vermont and in areas of New York City. All locations are listed on their website.

Cape Cod:

Operation Safe Ride Home is available to Yarmouth residents again this year. Any resident needing a safe ride home from any liquor establishment in Yarmouth will be able to receive a free ride from 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 3 a.m. Jan. 1 by calling Town Taxi of Cape Cod at  508-775-5555.

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