Austin nightlife has much to offer visitors and natives alike. However, a night of fun in the Texas capital can quickly turn tragic if you choose to get behind the wheel after having a few cocktails at one of the many local bars. Designated drivers can be hard to come by, so the following tips might come in handy the next time you need help getting home safely after a night on the town.
Hitching a Ride
Downtown Austin is filled with taxis and pedicabs you can rely on for a safe trip home. There are plenty of taxi companies to choose from, including Yellow Cab, Austin Cab Company, Lone Star Cab Company and Electric Cab of Austin. Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Pedicabs are another option to help avoid drinking and driving. Pedicab drivers from companies like Capital Pedicab or Roadkill Pedicab are licensed by the City of Austin.
Apps Make Finding a Ride Easier
There’s an app for everything these days, even requesting a cab in Austin. Taxi-locating apps like Taxi Magic or HailACab make it easier than ever to carefully reach your destination if you’ve had one too many drinks. Companies like Uber and Lyft operate through an app you can download straight to your smartphone. E-hail apps use GPS to pinpoint your location, allowing you to pick the driver closest to you. Get a ride by simply tapping a button.
Public transportation is another budget-friendly alternative for getting from points A to B in Austin. For information about bus, rail and shuttle schedules, check out the Capital Metro website. If you’re the plan-ahead type, you can also buy tickets and see schedules and maps online. Depending on your location, the rail may be your best option as they typically run later on weekends.
An Advocate for Victims of Drunk Driving
The mixture of alcohol and driving can be catastrophic. Those who choose to drive while intoxicated not only run the risk of being arrested, they can also cause an accident, hurt themselves or, worse, hurt others.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Austin car accident and the responsible party’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was above the legal limit, he or she may be liable for negligence. Contact the Greenway Law Firm to speak to our Austin personal injury attorney regarding the circumstances of your accident.