Police: Uber and Lyft are highly recommended on New Year's Eve

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - If you don't have the Uber and Lyft apps, now is probably a good time to download them.

Cindy Ingram is an Uber and Lyft driver in Ouachita Parish. She getting ready for what could be a long night of driving.

Ingram expects a lot of riders this New Year's Eve.

"This should be wall to wall rides,” Ingram said. “In other words, before we ever complete it, we should have another one coming in."

She says she wants you to be safe and drink responsibly because the consequences could be costly or deadly.

And State Police are showing no mercy.

"And if you are pulled over and are impaired then you're going to go to jail,” said Trooper Michael Reichardt. “It's simple as that. You don't get a free pass tonight. There are so many ways to get home now without driving your car after you're impaired, you know. We have Uber here. We have Lyft here. We have taxi services here."

And heads up, you can't drink during an Uber or Lyft ride either.

Ingrim says you'll have to finish your drink or throw it out before getting in.

"If someone comes up to my car and has several beer bottles in their hand, opened, clearly overly festive, I might need to decline that ride,” said Ingram.

She'll be one of about 30 rideshare drivers out on New Year's Eve. She's asking riders to be patient and expect to throw in a little extra cash.

"If it's during a time that's close to midnight or while the bars are closing or say it's the dining time which is usually between 6 o'clock to about 8 o'clock, you may have a small upcharge," said Ingram.

But to this driver, it's not just about the bucks.

"This is more than just a job,” Ingram said. “This is a way that we can keep people safe. Not only the people that we're driving safe but also the people on the road are safer."

Ingram says you and the driver can be cited by authorities if there's an open container in the car.

And don't forget, if you need a ride, download their free app.