Longview-area residents who plan to imbibe whereas celebrating the brand new yr have a number of choices for a free protected trip house.
The Texas Division of Transportation and native regulation enforcement suggest motorists put together to keep away from driving drunk by designating a sober driver in a bunch, asking a buddy of member of the family for a trip or by calling a rideshare service or taxi.
Regionally, Longview Transit will once more offer its Protected Journey House program this yr.
Longview Transit, in partnership with R&Ok Distributors, is providing free rides to anybody inside the Longview metropolis limits on New 12 months’s Eve. Transportation service is on the market to or from any Longview vacation spot.
The service begins 8 p.m. Friday till 3 a.m. on Saturday. For extra info, or to schedule a trip, name (903) 753-2287.
Yellow Checker Cab of Longview can also be providing a free trip house for the vacation. For rides, name (903) 932-2231.
Roberts & Roberts regulation agency is providing free rides house in Longview and Tyler in an effort to stop drunken driving incident throughout the holidays. The agency has partnered with Tyler Automobile Service to provide residents within the cities an choice at no cost rides house via Jan. 1.
Extra info is on the market on the agency’s web site, robertslawfirm.com.
Spokesman Brandon Thornton stated this previous week that the Longview Police Division deliberate elevated enforcement throughout the vacation weekend.
“We could have a staff of officers out on Dec 31, 2021, primarily conducting DWI enforcement,” stated Thornton, who additionally cautioned drivers to take precautions when leaving their automobiles.
“Cover your issues. Lock your door. Take your keys,” he stated.
The division reported a smattering of driving whereas intoxicated arrests surrounding New 12 months’s Eve — historically, a time of celebration. Between Dec. 31, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020, the division made 4 DWI arrests. Three have been made throughout the identical time-frame the next yr, in response to police information.
The Texas Division of Public Security started its annual vacation site visitors enforcement marketing campaign earlier than Christmas. Troopers have been set to be in search of motorists not carrying seatbelts, driving whereas intoxicated or committing different site visitors violations, the division stated in a press release.
This previous yr, DPS reported its Christmas and New 12 months’s enforcement efforts resulted in 615 DWI arrests and 116,810 citations and warnings.
The Texas Division of Transportation reported there have been 93 alcohol-related crashes leading to demise and a pair of,462 “DUI-alcohol associated site visitors crashes” throughout this previous yr’s vacation season.