BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – As the Southern Tier prepares to ring in the New Year, Broome County's Stop DWI program is also preparing to crack down on drunk driving.
"We encourage people to go out and enjoy what the community has to offer but to do so safely," Chris Marion, the Broome County Stop DWI coordinator, said.
This is why, for the 21st straight year, Broome County Stop DWI is teaming up with Schimmerling Injury Law Firm to make sure everyone has a safe holiday.
“I've unfortunately seen on many occasions the effects of drunk driving and drug driving and some very very sad and hard scenarios," Injury Attorney, Thomas Schimmerling, said.
Schimmerling said this motivated him to offer free cab rides home for party-goers on New Years Eve.
"It's one way on one night of the year that I can try to stop that and to make people safe on the highways," Schimmerling said.
Between the hours of Midnight and 4 a.m. on New Years Day, hundreds of people every year take advantage of the annual safe night program.
“Having an option like this where you can get a free ride home from wherever you are really goes a long way," Marion said.
Another option for the first time in the Southern Tier, is Uber.
Although, fairs for Uber service could be higher due to the high demand during the holiday, but the app also gives you the option to plan ahead.
"You can request a ride in advance and schedule it if you know you are going to leave a party at a certain time. It really just allows everyone to enjoy the night so that no one has to get behind the wheel," Danielle Filson, a spokesperson for Uber, said.
Stop DWI says these options are effective in helping save lives.
"With programs like this, with car services like Uber and Lyft, and with all the outreach that's done behind the wheel. There really is no reason to get behind the wheel if you are impaired," Marion said.
If you want to take advantage of the free cab ride home for New Years, call (607) 779-1000 between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m.