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Your transportation tips to stay safe this NYE

Posted at 4:56 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 18:27:02-05

CINCINNATI — New Year's Eve celebrations are set to kick off in just a few hours - but do you have a transportation plan?

Local law enforcement is encouraging people to have a transportation plan in place tonight, and maybe a backup plan as well.

Bob Ruschman, an Uber driver, says tonight is one of the busiest nights of the year for ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft.

"This is really good," he said. "It's saving people from drinking and driving."

Although surge charges are almost a guarantee tonight, for many revelers, it's worth the cost.

"I'd rather be paying a $10 to $20 dollar fee than an fine for a DUI because it's New Year's," said Whitney Poore, who's planning to celebrate the holiday tonight.

There are other options, however, from carefully selecting a designated driver to calling a taxi or hopping a bus. Public transportation in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will run on their regular schedules.

"That's when everybody's going to be going home, after the ball drops," said Catherine Louis, celebrating New Year's Eve in Cincinnati. "so you want to know before going out preferably."

Police have announced they will have additional patrols out tonight, specifically on the lookout for intoxicated drivers.

"I hope that people are thinking about it tonight," said Louis. "Just staying safe."

It's important to have a plan in place before you head out tonight, to make sure you ring in the new year safely.