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By Sabri Ben-Achour

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's is the most dangerous time of year when it comes to drunk driving, according to Kurt Erickson.

"There's a 40% uptick in deaths in Christmas, and a 60% uptick on New Year's Eve," says Erickson.

Erickson heads the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program, he says he'll pay for your cab this New Year's if you're too drunk to drive. You have to call 1-800-200-TAXI and they will find you the nearest cab.

"So if someone says I"m going to call sober ride but god knows I'm going to wait six hours - that's not the case. When you call for a sober ride it is as prioritized in the cue as a paid cab ride," he says.

The program will pay up to a $50 fare.

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