Before heading out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some green beer or Guinness Friday, be prepared to get home safe.
Michigan’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunken driving crackdown is in full affect from now until March 29. Patrols will be increased in all counties.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunken driving kills over 10,000 people in the U.S. annually. Prevent adding to that number by having a plan for getting home if you will be drinking on St. Patrick’s Day.
The NHTSA’s SaferRide app allows users to hail a cab or call a pre-programmed contact with a touch of a button. A map also shows the user’s location. The app is free.
If you’re a first-time Uber or Lyft user, the apps offer promo codes for free rides.
Use the code “FEELING22” on Uber to receive a free first ride up to $22.
Use the code “LYFTON25” on Lyft to receive $25 worth of credits that can be used on your first five rides.
For Western Michigan University students, Drive Safe Kalamazoo provides free rides to students and their guests Thursday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Call 269-345-0375 for a ride.
A list of taxi services in Michigan can be found at Michigan.org/taxis-limos.