HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – New Year's Eve is just a few days away and a few glasses of champagne may be included in your plans.
Jail is probably not where you want to spend New Year's Eve night or the first night of 2015, but if you drive drunk, jail is just the first stop on a road of many problems.
Alabama State Troopers see a spike in drunk drivers on New Year's Eve, which means they're out patrolling to stop drunk drivers. If convicted of a DUI, you can lose your license, and face increased insurance rates and pay around $10,000 dollars in legal and class fees. You could even lose your job. But, DUI attorney George Flowers says the consequences from driving drunk can leave a much deeper scar.
"If there's a death involved there's a high probability you could be looking at even a murder charge," said Flowers.
The good news is that all this is avoidable if you don't drive drunk. Organizations here in the Tennessee Valley like Bradford Health Services have free rides on New Year's Eve. Art Hickman says just give them a call.
"Say they need a free ride home, we'll call a cab company. and as long as it's in a 30 mile radius of Huntsville, we'll give them a ride home," said Hickman.
To reach the free rides from Bradford Health Services, call 256-461-7272. The only stipulation is they won't come get you from a private home, just a public business.
Huntsville law firm Morris, King & Hodge are also offering free taxis on New Year's Eve. To take advantage of this service, call Barry’s Towing at 256-851-9778 and tell the dispatcher that you would like the Morris, King & Hodge Driver Safety Taxi & Tow Service.
AAA Alabama is also offering free tows.
Call AAA-Alabama at 800-222-4357. The vehicle must be operable and the tow truck will carry the person and the car to his or her home free of charge.The service is open to everyone, even if you are not a AAA member, and is available from 6 p.m. New Year's Eve until 6 a.m. New Year's Day.