Another New Year is just around the corner and this year it's particularly special—not only will we be ringing in the new year, but also a new decade! Because New Year's Eve celebrations often include alcohol, Los Angeles and Long Beach transit will be offering free rides New Year's eve.
According to NBC Los Angeles, “All Los Angeles Metro bus and rail lines will be free to ride this… New Year's Eve from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.” NBC also reported that Long Beach Transit will also be offering free rides—their transit will begin the free rides at 5 p.m. New Year's Eve through 3 a.m. on New Year's Day. The goal behind these free rides? To keep Southern California roads safe and free from drunk drivers. Long Beach Transit's CEO Kenneth McDonald urged celebrators to “please don't drink and drive, but if you do drink, ride the bus!”
If your New Year's celebrations will include alcohol, make sure to take advantage of these free rides offered by public transit. Doing so can help you avoid driving while intoxicated, which is both dangerous and illegal. Under California Law, Vehicle Code Section 23152, it is illegal to operate a car or other motor vehicle while impaired due to alcohol (or drugs) and illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher. Penalties for a DUI conviction can be very serious, especially if you have had a DUI before, and can include jail time, license suspension, fees, probation, and even court ordered classes.
We hope everyone has an exciting and safe New Year's Eve! Avoid getting behind the wheel after celebrating and instead turn to alternative forms of transportation like the free metro rides offered around Southern California. If you do find yourself being charged with a New Year's DUI, or any other criminal charge, contact the experienced DUI and criminal defense attorneys at Kann California Defense Group. We have the experience you want when fighting these serious charges so call us at 888-744-7730 or contact us online for a free case consultation to discuss your options and possible defenses.
Happy 2020—stay safe out there!