Celebrate New Year’s safely with ride-sharing apps

Hampden County

New Year’s Eve is typically the biggest party of the year.

It’s the holiday season and that means it’s party season! Of course, you never want to drink and drive.

In western Massachusetts, ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, and even local taxi companies, can help you find a sober ride home.

Although the rides sharing services may come with a more expensive price tag – known as surge pricing – it’s cheaper than a DUI. 

According to the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles, a DUI ticket could cost as much as $5,000.

One man told 22News the price of the ride is worth it.

“I think if you’re going to go out, either get a taxi or make sure you have a designated driver,” Eric Lebeau suggests. “It’s not worth putting anyone’s life on the line, and it’s not worth the money.”

Ride-sharing apps also offer discounts for first-time riders, making it even easier to get a sober ride home. 

State Police are urging people to plan how they are getting home before the party starts. 

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