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Allen & Allen, Yellow Cab Offer Free NYE Rides Home

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If you plan to be out on the town for New Year's Eve, you’ll have no excuse to drink and drive. Allen and Allen is teaming up with Yellow Cab to offer you a free ride home.

Securing a ride home after your celebrations will be as easy as a phone call or a text - and it will also be free for the first 10 miles. Police and cab drivers alike are urging you to take advantage of the offer.

"Obviously New Year’s Eve is a heavy alcohol consumption night. The police are out in heavy patrol so you really don't want to drink and drive,” said Mark Brown, owner of Yellow Cab.

Albemarle County police say it's important to be prepared for the festivities.

“If you're going to go celebrate the holiday tomorrow night, be sure that you have a game plan in place before you leave home. Don't wait until the last minute,” said Lieutenant Mike Wagner with Albemarle police.

That game plan could save someone's life - and could save you big bucks. A DUI can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 31 percent of fatal crashes in 2011 were alcohol-related.

“There's much to be celebrated but there's also a great time to be concerned about your personal responsibility to staying safe and staying sober,” Wagner said.

The New Year's Eve offer runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and the cab will only take you home - not from one bar to another. But whether you wait 10 minutes or two hours for the ride, it's safer and cheaper than getting behind the wheel.

"A 20-minute wait for a cab is far less severe than getting arrested for DUI,” Wagner said.

Both Albemarle and Charlottesville police will have extra patrols out for the holiday and both urge you to have a plan and take advantage of programs like this.

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