policeDUI.may.5.jpgA five-officer motorcycle patrol aimed at DUI suspects will hit the streets on Cinco de Mayo in San Francisco, says SFPD. But with free cab rides home available to most San Franciscans, we’re left scratching our heads over why anyone would drive drunk Thursday night.*

“We are concentrating on this holiday for the same reason we focus on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Capt. Al Casciato of the San Francisco Police Dept.’s Traffic Company. “This is such a transit-friendly city that it’s easy to get home safely after you’ve had a few drinks.”

And how: Berg Injury Lawyers is once again offering free cab rides home for impaired drivers

Like a concerned friend, Berg spots you $35 for the ride; like a conceited friend, you have to mention them to the cab company you call or your don’t get the discount. Berg is also the type of party pooper that wants you going home safe in a cab, not being carted from bar to bar. So if your trip costs more than $35, you’re paying the difference, and you need to remember to mention them before you get your free ride home. To your house. Not another bar.

Meanwhile, SFPD says their DUI-busing bikers will head out of the Traffic Company at the Hall of Justice at 7 p.m. Thursday and come back at 3 a.m. Friday.

Avoid their wrath by calling Luxor Cab at (415) 282-4141 to get a ride home in San Francisco from 3 PM Thursday to 3 AM Friday. Berg Injury Lawyers will cover the first $35 of rides home, and patrons are responsible for costs that exceed this amount.

Even cyclists who have too much to drink can get a ride: a Berg spokesperson says that “cyclists are welcome to use the safe ride home program…Luxor says that as long as a bike can fit in the trunk, it’s fine with them. So, please be sure to let cyclists know that they may need to remove the front wheels of their bikes or make other necessary modifications to ensure a proper fit in the cab.”

SFPD’s Casciato requests that people who see a dangerous driver on the road take the time to phone 911 on their cell phones.

These calls are the exception to the hands-free laws, he says, and will not draw a fine, but since you’re not driving, so can dial with even more gleeful abandon.

*or any! But that’s not what we’re talking about

April Siese contributed significantly to this report

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