El Paso DWI Task Force out in full force on New Year’s Eve

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The New Year’s Eve celebrations are starting in El Paso, and police are out in full force to keep the streets safe.

Many ringing in the new year will celebrate with a toast or two, but El Pasoans told KFOX14 they're trying to stay safe tonight.

“There's not only crazy people, there's going to be cops out there,” said John Potter, who is in town visiting family.

“I've had calls from friends asking, ‘What are you doing?’ Staying home!” said Lower Valley resident Maria Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said she is staying in because of potential danger on the road.

“This year, the traffic, you know, people drinking and driving, that's basically it. We just want to be safe,” she said.

The El Paso Police DWI Task Force is doubling its staff on New Year ’s Eve to make sure drunk drivers aren't getting behind the wheel.

“Uber! It doesn't matter what the surge is, it's going to be crazy, but it's well worth it. [Find a] designated driver or a friend or something. Uber, Lyft, grandma, taxis, whatever it takes to get you home,” said Hilari Vargas, who is visiting El Paso.

But you have options to get home safely—and cheaply.

Uber is offering a free ride up to 10 dollars tonight, courtesy of Coors Light. Just enter the code COORSELP in the payments tab.

AAA is offering its yearly 'Tipsy Tow' service. You can get a free tow home of up to ten miles. Tows farther than 10 miles are subject to a fee agreed upon by the customer and the tow truck driver.

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