Are you planning on getting 'ligg either this weekend or in honor of our fine nation's Independence Day? If so, now is the time to plan for either a designate driver or alternative means of transportation to avoid the drunk tank.
This week's alternatives to drunk driving are taxi apps for your smartphone. Perhaps your designated driver deigned to down a few drafts. Maybe you slapped him or her in a drunken rage and they left you behind. Either way, you need to get home.
Enter Uber and Taxi Magic, two apps that provide on-demand transportation to the end-user. Hit a button on your smartphone and a cab will be there to pick you up. Uber also has snazzy Lincoln Town Cars and limos, if you're a baller.
Sure, it's a heck of a lot more expensive than hitch-hiking or utilizing L.A.'s mediocre public transit system, but $30 for a cab means one less round of beers. A DUI costs about as much as a year of beer, depending, of course, on how much you drink.
As promised, here are the upcoming checkpoints.
Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 (Courtesy of @CheckpointsDUI )
- Redondo Beach, CA - DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint - undisclosed location - Friday, June 29, 2012 - 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
- Palmdale, CA - DUI Checkpoint - undisclosed location - Friday, June 29, 2012 - 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
- Los Angeles, CA - DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint - Cahuenga Boulevard and Broadlawn Drive - Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
- Los Angeles, CA - DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint - Jefferson Boulevard and Western Avenue - Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4 (Courtesy of City News Service via the LAist )
- Harbor, CA - DUI Saturation Patrol - Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Noon to 8 p.m.
As with all holidays, cops will be on high alert for drunk drivers. Be safe, be smart, and plan ahead for a sober ride.
- Consult a Los Angeles DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
- DUI Checkpoints (FindLaw's Learn About the Law)
- FreeRideHome App Offers Drunk Drivers a Safer Alternative (FindLaw's Los Angeles DUI Blog)
- Controversy over DUI Checkpoint Apps Continues (FindLaw's Los Angeles DUI Blog)