Police prepare for NYE; company offers to do your driving

By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It won't be long until the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops on another year.  While many are finalizing their new year's plans, police and other agencies are going to work, including a new service that offers to do the driving for you and in your own car.

New Year's Eve is historically one of the busiest times of the year for people to celebrate, and while glasses will be filled for that big midnight toast, police and other agencies want to make sure you don't drink a big glass of alcohol and then take a big risk of getting behind the wheel.

"Not to sound corny, but stay where you play.  A lot of times people have these new year bashes at hotels and things like that, and hopefully they can get reservations and stay there and off the streets because we will have extra patrols out there," said Sgt. Myron Wilkerson with Indiana State Police.

That means police agencies from Indiana, Kentucky and cities and counties in between won't be taking the holiday off.

"There's government grants for the driving while intoxicated or impaired patrols and guys will be taking advantage of that over the weekend and working quite a few hours," Sgt. Wilkerson said.

Taxi services say it's one of their busiest nights -- and other alternatives are emerging.

"We drive your car so you don't have to," said Be My DD co-owner Alexa Milkovich.

Be My DD does the driving -- sending a designated driver to your own car – for a $25 fee, plus $2.95 for the first 10 miles, with $1.50 a mile after the first ten.

The Cleveland-based company started this spring and has expanded to Kentuckiana.

"It's been received very well and that's why we decided to expand so much because it's filling a void and the demand is there," Milkovich said.

The service is staffing 50 drivers in the Louisville area alone.  It's just one more way for you to enjoy the New Year in style -- and in safety.

Some services are still offering special group rates or discounts if you plan ahead, but of course just like 2010, time is ticking.

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