Taxi, Ride-Sharing Safety Tips For New Year's Eve

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - New Year's is a big time for celebrations, and many of those include alcohol.

And if you're ringing in the new year with friends and family, you have a few options on how to get home safely.

Alyssa Thurlow explains.

Though partying is a New Year's Eve tradition...it's important to be careful while doing so.

State and local police will be out in full force making sure folks are not drinking and driving.

And to avoid those pesky fines, Bangor Police has some advice.

"Definitely take a taxi, UBER, Lyft. any of those services, definitely take advantage of those. It's a lot cheaper than the OUI's you'll have to pay for. If you don't trust those services, get a friend, family member, or something like that," said Bangor Community Relations Officer, Daniel Gastia. "Your friends and your family are going to be your lifeline there if you're stuck."

There are a few options on how to get home safe on New Year's Eve, and some are even free.

"You need a ride home, you've had a little too much to drink or drink period, just call us. We take your car home in the Bangor/Brewer area. No charge to you. No questions asked," said Butch Foss of Union Street Towing.

The folks at Union Street Towing have been getting party-goers home safely on December 31st for more than 25 years.

They say that if you've had a few drinks, don't risk your life or anyone else's by getting behind the wheel.

"If you're out and drinking, the best thing to have is a designated driver," explained Foss. "If your not, we're the second best thing to that. Give us a call, ya know, have a good time. It's New Year's Eve."

UBER, Lyft, and local taxis will also be out and about. And, while they're not free, it's definitely much cheaper than getting a DUI.

"It is a very busy night, very busy night. We have all cars on deck," explained James Gallant, President and CEO of Dick's Taxi.

More than 60 taxis will be out on the roads Sunday helping folks get to their destinations safely, which means there may be a wait.

So, taxi driver James Gallant says be patient.

"Don't call and hope for a cab in two minutes. You know, if you're halfway through your beer and you want to head to your next destination, give us a call. give us 20-30 minutes, that way we can get to you, you're not waiting, we come pick you up, and get you to your next destination safely," said Gallant.