GREEN BAY, Wis. Are you planning to go out this New Year’s Eve?
Four years in a row New Year’s Day had the highest percentage of alcohol related deaths when compared to other days and holidays. That’s according to a study from Safe Auto insurance.
The Brown County Tavern League says, it's a busy time of the year.
"During the times like this it gets pretty congested this time of year and we want to make sure everybody's being safe and responsible coming into our establishments so you can get home responsibly as well," said Don Mjelde, president of the Brown County Tavern League.
In order to get people home safe, the league is offering free rides home through their SafeRide Program.
People out drinking are encouraged to ask bar staff for a voucher to a free ride home. The bar will then call a cab that's paid for by the Brown County Tavern League.
"There's a lot of people joining on right now, so right now I can confidently say there are over 50 bars that are participating in the SafeRide Program in Brown County, and we gave about 2,300 safe rides home last year," Mjelde says.
If a SafeRide voucher is not in the cards, there's a free app to help you find a ride. The app is called 'Drive Sober.' It's an app from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The app finds your location and gives you a list of taxis, buses, rideshare and designated driver services in your area.
Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are not offering free rides in the Green Bay area on New Year’s Eve but new users can find discounts right on their website.
The SafeRide Program will also utilize Lyft.
“We've also integrated Lyft into the SafeRide program as well as an additional means of getting people around safely during congested times when cabs are full," said Mjelde.
Keep in mind with ride sharing apps, the busier it is at some locations, the higher they may charge. Uber calls it ‘surge pricing.’ Even then, Mjelde says, no money is worth putting you or someone else at risk.
"Leave the keys at home,” said Mjelde. “You don't want to have an unfortunate way to start the new year, you want to make sure you're getting around responsibly and being safe around the roads, that makes sure everyone is getting around safely especially during congested times like New Year’s Eve.”