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Towing company offers free ride to would-be drunk drivers

A DUI conviction carries serious penalties, and no one in Louisiana wants to go to jail, pay fines or lose driving privileges. But with the holidays come the increased risk of DUI charges, and Baton Rouge residents can save themselves a lot of trouble by taking some cautionary measures.

A towing company in Lafayette is making a well-intentioned effort to prevent DUIs this holiday season. Guy's Towing offers a "Tow For Life" service that will run through the New Year holiday. People who even suspect their blood-alcohol content is over the legal limit to drive can call Guy's Towing, and a driver will show up and give the caller a free ride home and a free tow.

The holiday-season service is available for residents of Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Broussard. Anyone in the area who wants to avoid an unpleasant run-in with police may want to keep that phone number handy.

The program has been active since 1986, and the company has reportedly towed over 1,000 would-be drunk drivers. It also was awarded the "President's Citation for Private Sector Initiatives."

Everyone knows that having a few drinks can potentially result in criminal charges if an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel of car. Most people who end up facing DUI charges never thought it would happen to them, but the reality is that it could happen to just about anyone.

Baton Rouge residents who are accused of drunk driving during the holidays should also keep in mind that not everyone facing such a charge is guilty. Police must have probable cause to pull over a vehicle, and evidence must be obtained in the proper manner. To protect their own freedom, bank accounts and driving privileges, anyone charged with drunk driving should consult with an attorney with experience in DUI defense.

Source: katc.com, "Guy's Towing offering free ride and tow to drunk drivers," Tonya LaCoste, Dec. 6, 2012

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