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Free Ride Options For Impaired Drivers On Fourth Of July

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The Fourth of July weekend brings increased law enforcement efforts to crack down on impaired drivers. But in Sacramento, there are free ride options.

The California Highway Patrol in Sacramento is joining with the ride-sharing service Uber, to offer free rides.

The service will cover Uber fares up to $25 anywhere in northern California.

New Uber users hoping to take advantage of this safe ride home simply have to download the Uber app and input the promo code ‘SACRIDE’ for a free ride up to $25 -- anywhere in northern California.

Another option for impaired drivers is AAA's Tipsy Tow Program, which is open to anyone.

AAA offers free tows to Northern California, Nevada and Utah drivers starting on July 4 at 6 p.m. to July 5 at 6 a.m. Riders can call an operator and say, "I need a Tipsy Tow," and a truck will provide the service for up to 10 miles.

The service is a one-way ride to the driver's home and additional passengers are only allowed if there is room. To use the program, call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says between 2009 to 2013, nearly 40 percent of all traffic deaths over the Fourth of July holiday involved alcohol.

And, of the five major holiday periods, the Fourth of July had the highest daily fatality rate in California.

Statistics also show that drunk driving is more common at night.

The Sacramento Police Department plans "DUI Saturation" patrols during the holiday period.

Ed Joyce

Former All Things Considered Anchor & Reporter

Ed Joyce is a former reporter and All Things Considered news anchor at Capital Public Radio. Ed is a veteran journalist with experience in a variety of news positions across all media platforms, including radio, television, web and print.   Read Full Bio