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      Free ride services on New Year's Eve

      There are several local transportation services in the area offering free rides and services on New Year's Eve to prevent drunk and buzzed driving:

      ABCO Services is offering free rides and vehicle tows on New Year TMs Eve. According to ABCO Services, the company TMs drivers volunteer their time as a way of giving back to the community and helping keep the roads as safe as possible. The free rides and tows program will be available from 11 PM to 3AM on a first come, first serve basis. ABCO will come to local drinking establishments and provide rides and vehicle tows within the Toledo city limits. Call ABCO at 419.536.6123.

      Black and White Cab Company of Toledo's Home Safe program provides a taxi driver who will drive you home in your own car. The service keeps motorists from driving drunk but allows them to get their vehicle home safely too. The Home Safe program costs roughly four times the regular cab fare but is much less expensive than the cost of a DUI or serious accident. Order a driver from the Safe Home program by calling 419.536.Taxi. The service must be prepaid, using a Visa or Mastercard. Drivers will be available all night long on a first come, first serve basis.

      Black and White cab offers designated driver services, which can be set up in advance by calling 419.536.8924. Mobile users can book a ride from smartphone or pda, by pointing the mobile browser to Designated driver reservations must be paid in advance. Black and White cab also offers the TXT 4 Cab program and the 'B4UDRIVE' smart phone application for Blackberry, Android and iPhone. The TXT 4 Cab program enables users to text the word RIDE to 419.322.6772 and notify Black and White Cab of their location and desired pick up time.

      Be My Designated Driver ( is a a transportation service providing drivers who operate as personal chauffeurs except that they utilize the customer's automobiles. Be My Designated Driver requires online registration, proof of insurance and reservations with a three hour minimum. The service is available 24/7, but reservations must be made two hours in advance and by 11:00 PM daily. For more information visit or call 1.877.823.6933.

      Choosing any of these alternatives is safer than driving buzzed or drunk over the New Year TMs holiday. Still, too many Lucas County residents just don TMt understand the dangers of impaired driving. By driving home the message that buzzed or impaired driving is the same as drunk driving, Unison and the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, hope to help save lives this holiday season.

      Visit the new Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving NWO page on Facebook or follow @buzzddrivingnwo on Twitter.