Getting drunk this NYE? Ride around for free on the bus or train

If Uber is surging, you can take the bus.
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You can take buses and trains for free on New Year's Eve.

The Miller Lite Free Ride offer runs from 6 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, and includes Metro Transit buses, light rail lines and the Northstar train, as well as Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Anoka Transit. (Not all routes will be running until the wee hours of New Year's Day, so for a list of ones that will, click here.)

The Duluth Transit Authority will also have free rides through Miller Lite's program, with free service being offered from 5 p.m. Saturday until 2:20 a.m. Sunday.

All you have to do is hop on. You don't need a coupon or anything special.

The offer could really come in handy if you're out celebrating but don't have a DD, if Uber is surging, or if you don't want to drive around motorists who may have been drinking.

The free ride program comes as officials around the state urge people to plan how they are getting home before they go out drinking. And remember, there will be extra enforcement Minnesota roads to find anyone who is driving drunk.

The Miller Lite Free Rides program began in 1987. It's given 5.5 million free, sober rides nationally, including 1.3 million through Metro Transit on New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day, a news release says.

DWI arrests

Last New Year's Eve, the Minnesota State Patrol made 152 DWI arrests – most of which came after midnight. The year before, state troopers arrested 174 people for drunken driving on New Year's, KROC reported.

In 2015, the Department of Public Safety says 411 people died in crashes on Minnesota roads. Of those, there were 95 fatalities in cases where the driver was over the legal alcohol limit.

Another 2,203 people had serious injuries from an alcohol-related crash that year.

For more information on the consequences of driving drunk – which can include having to use a breathalyzer to start your vehicle – click here.

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