According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2009, Florida ranked 3rd in the nation for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) fatality rates in both adults and underage drinkers. The Sun-Sentinel reported that Floridians recorded more than 700 drunk driving deaths in 2012.
Some of the holidays and events that often lead to heaving drinking and increased risk of DUI’s are Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Whether a holiday, a wedding, a date night, or a business networking event, excessive drinking can lead to drunk driving and preventable car crashes.
In addition to choosing not to drink and drive, people who drink but also drive to their destination now have some new options beyond calling a taxi, which doesn’t get your car home, or AAA’s Tow-to- Go, which operates during certain holidays and times of the year.
South Florida is seeing a growing trend of driver services that provide people with a driver for the evening. They can pick you up from a bar or restaurant with a pre-arranged reservation or not and in addition they will drive your car home.
Here are the companies offering these services in Palm Beach County, Broward County & Miami-Dade:
Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is totally preventable. We encourage you to drink responsibly and utilize designated drivers and services like above.