If you happen to overindulge this holiday season, you can always call to get a ride home.
To ensure safety on Nueces County roads, a local towing company is offering rides to people who have found themselves unable to drive after they’ve had too much to drink.
Mike Staff, vice president of Apollo Towing Service, announced the company’s seventh annual “No Excuse” Holiday campaign at a news conference at the Nueces County Courthouse on Thursday.
“You have a choice to make,” Staff said. “There’s no reason to have a fatality, to get injured or get arrested. One of the simplest ways to prevent any of that is to have a plan.”
The towing company is offering free rides to people in Corpus Christi, Portland and Robstown, Staff said.
The campaign begins Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. and will continue through Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. Rides will be available 24 hours a day during that period.
“You can call us and we’ll give you a free ride home, no questions asked,” he said. “We hope the community uses this opportunity to use this service.”
District Attorney Mark Gonzalez talked to about the consequences of drinking and driving.
“A lot of individuals say ‘I’ve done it a hundred times’ … I’m sure you have, but that one time can cost you,” Gonzalez said. “There’s enough time out there to have a good time, but let’s do it responsibly.”
Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle told those in attendance that curbing drunken driving is a priority for Coastal Bend law enforcement officers.
“We take DWIs very seriously,” Markle said. “You have every resource available to you. You can call somebody to pick you up. If you do not and we catch you … we’re going to take you to jail and you will give a sample.”
In part of “no refusal” weekend, the county has contracted phlebotomists on hand to test blood at the police station.
If a driver is pulled over and refuses to take a sobriety test, the officer will take the driver to the police station to be tested. This is in effect Dec. 22 through Dec. 26 and Dec. 29 through Jan. 2.
“We don’t want to lose any more lives,” Markle said. “We’ve lost 38 lives this year so far, in traffic fatalities just in Corpus Christi. We don’t want to see that number grow in the holidays. Pay attention to what you’re doing.”
According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s website, drivers should not drink and drive, and instead should designate a driver, call a cab or spend the night where they are if possible.
Matthew Manning, first assistant district attorney, said theno refusal program shows the community how the county is working to ensure the safety of drivers during the holidays.
“In the season of giving, this gives people peace of mind to know that we’re making sure the roads are safe and that we’re enforcing the laws during this time,” he said.
HOW TO GET A FREE RIDE
- Call the Apollo Towing Serice at 361-853-0003.
- Caller must have a Corpus Christi, Robstown or Portland zip code destination of a residence or hotel
- Vehicle being towed must be running and not damaged
- Caller must have keys to the vehicle being towed
- Apollo Towing Service will only transport vehicle and driver. No passengers.
- Tow requests will be completed in the order received.