• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

MTA offers free rides on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve

The MTA is offering free rides on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve to help keep drunk drivers off the road.

December 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering free rides to help keep drunk drivers off the road this holiday season.

On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, it will cost nothing to ride the bus, subway, or Metro-operated light rail between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Those are considered the peak hours for deadly drunk driving crashes.

The mayor reminds everyone that driving drunk could cost thousands of dollars for an arrest, or even worse.

"An accident could cost your or someone else's life, but the MTA is free on those two evenings, so there's no excuses, absolutely none, for driving drunk this holiday season," Mayor Villagraigosa said in a press conference.

Villaraigosa even suggested taking public transportation to midnight mass.