Stay Safe this New Year’s Eve

Posted at 5:49 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 17:49:10-05

It's one of the biggest celebrations of the year, but its also one of the most dangerous. On New Year's Eve, people go out and have a good time.

But when the party's over, it's important to get home safely.

There is an increased police presence on the holiday, but there are also many alternative transportation options so that you don't have to get behind the wheel if you've been drinking.

Officer Daniel Hudson of the Norfolk Police Department says, "We will have officers out patrolling the streets, specifically looking for those drivers who are under the influence of alcohol."

A typical DUI charge can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000 on top of losing your license and potentially going to jail. But this can all be avoided by planning and taking alternate transportation.

AAA offers a pick up service called 'Tipsy Tow' that will pick up a driver and their vehicle free of charge if they've had too much to drink.

Stear Clear is another service that will send someone anywhere you are to pick you and your car up and take you home.

Of course, you can take a cab or Uber of Lyft, as well.

Virginia Beach is allowing Oceanfront party-goers to get a 'Do Not Tow' sticker for their cars, so that they have the option to leave them overnight and get them before noon the following day.