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Beckley has options to prevent drinking and driving

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If you want to go out for a few drinks on New Year's Eve but don't want to worry about driving home. Options can vary greatly, depending on where you live.

Want to go bar-hopping without the fear of getting a DUI? If you live in Beckley, never fear! All you have to do is call a cab or request a ride from an Uber driver via an app on your phone. Brock Bostwick started working as a driver for Uber shortly after they started operating in Beckley. Bostwick says, "I did. I was probably one of the first drivers, I'd say."
For Bostwick, working as a rideshare driver serves two purposes. "You know, extra cash is always nice. But, I like to make sure that, the people that are out and about, at the bars and restaurants and stuff... that they have a way to get home. And I feel good, knowing that I provided a safe route home."
Want to go bar-hopping without the fear of getting a DUI? If you live in Mercer County, better make sure you have a designated driver. Uber isn't available, taxis are scarce, and Bluefield Area Transit doesn't operate on holidays. Kayla Ball works as a bartender at Danny's in Princeton. She says the lack of available public transportation hinders the business. "It would be very beneficial for us to have an Uber service. Because, you know, people want to go out and have a good time... have a few drinks... and they're scared to go out, because they don't want to drive home (intoxicated). So it's a much safer alternative, and I think we definitely, really need one." Bostwick echoes her sentiments. "I think it would be wonderful. I mean... like I said... it's great to have a mode of transportation for people who are out. I think it should be everywhere."

Last year, both the Mercer County Sheriff's Department and the Princeton Police Department made DUI arrests in the early morning hours of New Year's Day.
 

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