NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Ark. (KFTA) — As we ring in the new year, law enforcement are not the only ones looking out for drunk drivers tonight. A local towing company is offering rides home this New Year’s Eve.
It’s going to be an especially late night for Fayetteville tow truck driver Luther Thomas.
“Even one drink is one drink too many,” Thomas said.
But it’s all for a good reason.
“We’re trying to make sure everyone is getting home safe tonight.”
Towing Plus is offering rides for both you and your car tonight at a discounted price.
“It’s $60 for a normal tow, and tonight we’re doing it for about $35.”
According to the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average 300 people have died each year over the past five years in drunk driving crashes during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period.
Sgt. Tim Standifer with Prairie Grove PD says increased patrols this month are cracking down on drunk drivers.
“If you’re over 21 the legal limit is .08. Under 21 it’s .02, and if you’re driving a commercial vehicle it’s .04,” Standifer said. “We have a STEP program through the state of Arkansas for DWI’s so we usually have somebody come out and work extra time, looking to focus solely for DWI’s.”
The consequences of drinking and driving can be lengthy and expensive.
“Your license gets suspended, you end up with jail time, you get fines, there’s several different things that can happen. Your license will be suspended,” Standifer said.
So if you find yourself getting behind the wheel tonight, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“You might think you’ll be fine to drive, but don’t chance it,” Thomas said.
Towing Plus is offering rides within Fayetteville city limits and Thomas says if you need to be picked up, it’s best to call ahead to cut down on the waiting time.
Other options include Uber, Lyft, or local taxi companies.