BANGOR- Drive sober or get pulled over, a message law enforcement has stood behind for years.
“It’s pretty important we spend time with family and friends, but we need to do it responsibly. Drinking and driving is very dangerous. With the snow coming, drinking coupled with the snow is a recipe for disaster,” said State Trooper, Brian Bean.
Driving under the influence is not just illegal, it can have deadly consequences.
However, avoiding it is easy.
Union Street Towing is offering free tows for those who find themselves unable to drive.
“You have to be with your vehicle. The keys have to be with it. It can’t be disabled,” said co-owner of Union Street Towing, Sarah Baker. “We can get you to where you’re staying in Bangor or Brewer. Unfortunately, we won’t take you party to party or bar to bar.”
Another option is ride share services, such as Uber or Lyft.
“Get home safe please. Do not even try driving after a couple drinks. We’re out there,” said Megan Arruda who drives for Uber and Lyft.
To help ride share drivers out on one of their busiest nights, make sure you communicate any issues and remember they’re just doing their jobs.
“I know after a night of drinking or something, it’s hard to swallow that $15 or $20 car ride home,” Arruda said. “Uber or Lyft gets most of that money. Please tip us if we’re offering good services.”
Your first offense driving under the influence can come with a five month license suspension and more than $500 in fines.