The easiest way to get through New Year's Eve in one piece, of course, is to plan ahead. Have a place to stay, take the train or get a sober friend to drive.
But even if you don't do any of that, you're in luck.
Metro rail and bus lines will be free New Year's Eve from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. And if you drove to a celebration before having a few too many, AAA will even arrange a free tow home for your car.
"So there is no excuse for drinking and driving New Year's Eve," said Bill Bustos, the lead detective with the Los Angeles police Valley Traffic Division.
Assuredly, though, people will. So police will be out in force.
Last year, almost 15,000 people were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving by Los Angeles police.
There were 2,463 alcohol-related crashes, and 17 people died, including six in the San Fernando Valley, Bustos said. Those numbers are only for the LAPD and don't include annual California Highway Patrol stats, which weren't available.
During last year's New Year's weekend alone, from the evening of Dec. 30 to noon Jan. 2, four people died in Los Angeles County and 25 statewide in alcohol-related collisions, according to the CHP.
Trying to cut those numbers, AAA will offer its "Tipsy Tow" service for the 16th year. That's a free tow home of up to seven miles.
"We wanted to sort of cut off that thinking process of `I've got to get my car home - yeah, I might be a little too drunk to drive, but I've got to get my car home,"' AAA spokeswoman Marie Montgomery said.
You can call 800-400-4AAA (4222) between 6 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday to arrange the ride. Only one person gets to ride with the tow truck, and the ride is only to your house.
Montgomery said AAA does not release figures on how many people used Tipsy Tow in past years.
Bustos said the LAPD will have checkpoints over New Year's along with "saturation patrols," where extra officers flood problem areas looking for impaired drivers. And undercover officers will be in bars looking for bartenders who overserve or people in no condition to drive.
"We don't want them to become one of the statistics," Bustos said.