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'On the town' tips for a safe and happy New Year celebration

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As the New Year celebrations kick off – party goers are going to want to be careful, especially out on the roads late at night.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation there have been more than 200,000 DUI arrests in the last few years, many of them happening on New Year's Eve. 

To try and reduce that number, AAA has launched its Tipsy Tow service – a complimentary service for nights light New Year's Eve. It is essentially a free ride home, up to ten miles; Tipsy Tow is available to everyone, not just AAA members.  The service is available from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on January 1, across the state.

Several local cab companies are also offering deals – Yellow Cab and Discount Cab are offering free rides back to their cars in the morning.  For seniors celebrating - Discount Cab is offering a ten percent discount tonight.   Orange Cab will remain open 24 hours.

Here are a few tips for those who are planning on celebrating out ‘on the town':

Have a designated driver – do not drink and drive; ask friends or family for a ride or call a cab.

Monitor alcohol intake – be aware of how much they have had to drink; stay hydrated and make to eat plenty before drinking.

Take the keys - if a friend is too drunk to drive, take their keys.

Stick together – going to parties, bars and dance clubs can be hectic; traveling in groups creates a safety net.

Stay off the roads if possible – drinking and driving accidents are highest between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. avoid driving at these times.

Drive defensively – for those who must drive, be aware of surroundings. 

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