Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Offering Free Rides on NYE
Anyone who celebrates on New Year’s Eve and wants a free ride home in Wilson County will be eligible to receive a lift from a county sheriff this year.
According to a report by wkrn.com, the program will begin on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. and last until Friday, Jan. 1 at 3 a.m. Residents of the area who want a free ride home should dial (615) 444-1412 and request a pickup and provide their current location.
The sheriff of Wilson County told reporters that the ride service isn’t a substitute for a taxi and that police won’t escort riders to other parties or make any stops on the way to their homes. He added that the service is designed solely to help citizens arrive home safely.
Another spokesperson with the WCSO said that he encourages all residents to use the service, regardless of the number of people in their party, and that the department will utilize multiple vehicles to transport large parties home.
A media campaign to promote the service has already launched throughout public places in Wilson County to alert residents of the program before New Year’s Eve on Thursday.
3 Ways to Get Home Safely on New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is this week, and many residents of Middle Tennessee will take in the festivities at parties and local restaurants. If you head out to celebrate on Thursday, it’s important to remember that drinking even one or two glasses of alcohol, whether it’s beer, wine, or liquor, can significantly impair your ability to drive safely and can even get you arrested for driving under the influence.
To stay safe this New Year’s Eve and any other time you consume alcohol, follow these tips:
- Pick a designated driver before leaving home.
Having a designated driver who will avoid alcohol throughout the evening is one of the best ways to make sure you and your loved ones get home safely. At many bars and restaurants, designated drivers receive free soda and other non-alcoholic beverages. Having a designated driver selected ahead of time can give you peace of mind and help you avoid putting yourself and others at risk at the end of the night.
- Call a cab or use a ride-sharing service.
If you don’t have a designated driver, you don’t have to drive home intoxicated or impaired. Almost all cities in Middle Tennessee have reliable cab services, and many also have ride sharing services that can be used with the touch of a button on a smartphone. While using a cab or ride-sharing service isn’t always cheap, it’s much less expensive than the fines you could face if you get caught driving under the influence.
- Stay where you are until morning.
If you don’t have a designated driver or can’t call a cab to get home, stay where you are overnight. Never attempt to drive home after drinking alcohol, even if you feel sober enough to drive. You may still be over the legal limit and putting yourself at risk of causing an accident or getting charged with DUI.
The Lebanon auto accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law have taken on countless car accident claims over the past 20 years, and we know that many of them are related to drunk, intoxicated, or impaired driving. Safe driving requires high levels of concentration and alertness—both of which can be jeopardized after consuming alcohol. That’s why you should never get behind the wheel of a car after consuming any amount of alcohol—instead, find a safe way to get home or stay where you until the next morning.
If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent or intoxicated driver, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. To find out how our attorneys may be able to help you, dial (615) 547-2683 or complete a free online consultation form.