Advocates Push For Safe Rides This NYE

Having a designated driver on New Year’s Eve shouldn’t be a problem this year. Duluth is offering many different options for a safe ride home.

Twin Ports Joyride is one option that offers a $7-off voucher for a cab ride.

The voucher can only be claimed at 10 participating bars and only used with the partnering cab companies, which are Yellow Cab, Custom Cab, and Bayside Taxi.

Allison Nicolson, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Essentia Health says, “So if you pre-plan, you say I know I am going to drink too much, I’m going to get dropped off at let’s say the Powerhouse Bar, cause Power house runs our joyride program, then you can pre-plan and ask the bartender right away can I have a joyride voucher, she’ll give you one or he’ll give you one.”

For those who maybe aren’t planning on going to the bars that participate in Joyrides, there is another option — Miller Lite Free Rides.

This is a program sponsor by Redrock Radio and KQDS that allows people on New Year’s Eve to get to and from their events for free by riding the Duluth Transit Authority.

Denis Jensen, General Manager of DTA says, “Being responsible on New Year’s Eve, get the cars off the road and get people to their event and home safely.”

To get a free bus ride, all someone has to do is go to any regular DTA bus stop. The free rides will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 2 a.m. New Year’s Day.

On average, Duluth has about 1,000 DWIs a year, which is about three a day. 

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