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Guide to Getting Home on New Year's

If you're out celebrating on New Year's and don't have a designated driver, here are some choices for getting home.

The highest number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the last decade occurred on New Year's Day, according to Michael Green, AAA spokesman. But once you start your 2013 pre-celebration, you may not be thinking about statistics. So right now while you're thinking clearly, consider your options.

Getting a designated driver or hailing a cab are some of your choices. But if you find yourself with empty pockets and no driver, you have options.

Sober Ride

Call Sober Ride 1-800-200-TAXI (1-880-200-8294) for a free ride home (up to a $30 fare) from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). It says rides started Dec. 14 and are available every night until Jan. 1, 2013.

People using the service must be 21-years of age or older, according to WRAP.

AT&T customers can dial #WRAP from their wireless phones.

WRAP lists the following participating taxi companies

Silver Cab of Prince George's County (Prince George's County) 

Barwood, Inc. (Montgomery County) 

Alexandria Yellow Cab (Alexandria) 

Fairfax Yellow Cab (Fairfax County) 

Loudoun Yellow Cab (Eastern Loudoun County) 

Manassas Cab Company (Prince William County) 

Red Top Cab Company (Arlington County) 

Yellow Cab of District of Columbia (District of Columbia)

Yellow Cab of Prince William County (Prince William County)

When waiting for a SoberRide, please watch for a cab from the participating taxi company in the area from which you are calling, WRAP advises. See WRAPs website for additional details.

 

Metro

Metro will remain open until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve (technically New Year's Day by that time) "for the benefit of holiday revelers," Metro reported on its website.

On New Year's Day, Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule, operating from 7 a.m. to midnight. MetroAccess subscription trips will be cancelled.

 

First Night

If you've found that you and alcohol don't mix so well together, About.com lists First Night events and get-togethers based on the First-Night concept—in Annapolis, Alexandria and Leesburg. First Night events are generally family-friendly and alcohol-free. 

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