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Driving safely on New Year's Eve

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you plan to hit the town for some New Year's Eve partying, make sure you also have a plan to get home safely.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is funding extra patrols throughout the state during the holiday season. The Commissions says it knows how crashes can turn the holidays into nightmares.

WTSC says Washington State Patrol and other agencies will have extra troopers out aimed at getting DUI drivers off the roads.

A great option for getting home safely is to take a taxi, or a ride share like Uber or Lyft.

But beware of surge charging.

Uber says on New Year's Eve, fares will be highest between midnight and 3 a.m.

Uber says with the app, you can see the estimated cost of your ride before your request the Uber. If it's out of your price range, check back later for lower rates.

And a reminder: just because marijuana is legal in Washington, that doesn't mean driving under the influence of it is.