This phrase is a cornerstone of our outreach efforts. We encourage anyone over the age of 21 who plans to engage in celebrations that might involve alcohol to “plan ahead.” This planning, which can include designating a sober driver, arranging for alternative means of transportation or simply staying overnight at the event destination, is one of the key reasons drunk driving fatalities are on the decline in California.
As we head into the Holiday Season and Season of Celebrations, we are listing some of the alternatives here in the Bay Area that you might consider as you ‘plan ahead!’
Plan a Party - responsibly
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ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO GET HOME!
Attention San Francisco: SideCar is an on-demand ride-sharing smartphone app that instantly connects everyday people in the community who have extra seats in their car with people who need a ride. All drivers and riders are vetted for safety and routed for convenience. It's a revolution in local, community-based transportation and it's really taking off in the Bay Area. For more information on SideCar, click here. To apply as a driver, click here.
Uber is "Everyone's Private Driver": an on-demand car service that gets you home safely and comfortably. Using Uber’s iPhone/Android app or a text message, you can request a pickup and a car driven by a professional driver will show up in minutes. Your credit card on file is billed directly for your trip and tip is included in the price, so there’s no need to carry cash. An electronic receipt is e-mailed to you for your convenience. Get started by downloading the app or by visiting uber.com/go
#TAXI was developed by CellWand, a company that creates intuitive services for mobile phone users. It can detect your location and connect you to the first available taxi no matter where you’re calling from in North America. Simply dial #TAXI anywhere, anytime. You can also download the app for mobile phones here (hyperlink: http://www.poundtaxi.com/download-app)
From AAA: As part of our dedication to making the roads as safe as possible for all motorists, AAA is proud to offer its Tipsy Tow program. On ten different holiday and special events in 2012, we offer a free ten-mile tow home for drinking drivers and their vehicles.
The Tipsy Tow program is open to everyone. You do not need to be an AAA Member to take advantage of this service to the community.
This program is available for the following holidays. For more details click here (http://calstate.aaa.com/auto/car-traffic-safety/aaa-tipsy-tow-program):
Halloween: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 31st – 6:00 a.m. Thursday, November 1st
Thanksgiving: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 22nd – 6:00 a.m. Friday, November 23rd
Christmas Eve: 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 24th – 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 25th
New Year’s Eve: 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 31st – 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 1st
Safe and Sober Rides
All too often, Alameda-based injury lawyer William Berg witnesses firsthand the pain and heartache suffered by those who have lost a loved one in an alcohol-related crash. To assist in the fight against drunk driving, Berg Injury Lawyers designed and implemented the law firm's Safe and Sober Free Cab Ride Home program.
We'll be covering the cost for adults to get home safely in Sacramento and San Francisco on Halloween. The program will be available from 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, through 3 a.m., Thursday, November 1, 2012.
Below are links to area transportation options. Most have apps you can download to your phone for easy access.
If you know of other programs that you think would be good to list here, please send the information to: firstname.lastname@example.org