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Safe rides home available in Hampton Roads for New Year’s

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Posted at 9:09 PM, Dec 31, 2012
and last updated 2013-01-01 10:23:28-05

For those out ringing in 2013 who may have partied a little too hard, there are several programs in Hampton Roads to help you get home safe.

In Portsmouth Sheriff’s deputies will be giving free rides home within a 15 mile radius of the city until 2:30 in the morning.

“We tell them if you put your keys in your pocket we will carry you home, we won’t ask any questions, you will not be arrested and we’ll make sure you get home safe.”

Sheriff Bill Watson says since the program started six years ago there have been no alcohol related incidents in the city on New Year’s Eve.

He says deputies have given rides to more than six hundred people.

“It makes me feel pretty good. But the main thing is that we are trying to save lives and that’s what it’s all about. “

In Virginia Beach police will have checkpoints throughout the city but for those partying at the oceanfront drivers can get ‘Do Not Tow’ stickers if parked in municipal lots at second, fourth, nineteenth, 25th streets or Rudee Loop

Just contact a police officer to get the sticker before 2:30 am.

Another free service offered by AAA Tidewater – even to non-members – is their “tow to go” program until 6 am. They are giving drivers a ride and tow home.

PORTSMOUTH “NEW YEAR’S EVE SAFE RIDE HOME” PROGRAM:
757-393-5030

“DO NOT TOW”- VA BEACH MUNICIPAL PARKING:
757-385-5000

AAA “TOW TO GO”:
757-631-1700