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Metro offers free rides on New Year's Eve

December 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
DUI enforcement will be at its peak on New Year's Eve and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering free rides for people who don't plan on driving.Los Angeles police officials said they made more than 6,400 DUI arrests in 2010, and more than a thousand of those arrests involved accidents.

The combined forces of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol will be out on New Year's Eve looking for drunk drivers.

The LAPD will be manning DUI checkpoints and sending uniformed and plainclothes officers out to patrol the streets and bars.

"Each year on the average, someone is killed by an impaired driver in the United States every 45 minutes and someone is injured every minute," said LAPD Capt. William Sutton.

Metro is offering free rides on all its buses and trains from 9 p.m. on Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Jacque Bochelli with Mothers Against Drunk Driving has a sobering reminder of the consequences of drunk driving. Her husband was killed 12 years ago by a drunk driver.

"Make no other choice tonight, but simply make the right choice, and that's to drink or drive," said Bochelli.

"Don't welcome the New Year in jail, and don't let the LAPD be your designated driver," said Sutton.