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Nacogdoches woman's New Year's Eve tradition saves lives 1 ride at a time

Retha Tubbe Todd utilizes social media to spread the word that she offers free rides home in Nacogdoches County as a way to keep drunk drivers off the road. (Source: KTRE Staff) Retha Tubbe Todd utilizes social media to spread the word that she offers free rides home in Nacogdoches County as a way to keep drunk drivers off the road. (Source: KTRE Staff)
One past sickly rescue reminds Todd never to leave without plastic lined trash cans. (Source: KTRE Staff) One past sickly rescue reminds Todd never to leave without plastic lined trash cans. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A Nacogdoches woman is offering free rides home to people who shouldn't be driving a vehicle on New Year's Eve. Retha Tubbe Todd says she knows what it's like to have a few too many.

The grandmother also said she knows what it's like to lose someone to a drunk driver.

Todd has her mini van's gas tank full.

Rather than just complain about drunk drivers, Retha actually does something about keeping them off the road.

"I had several family members, close friends get killed by drunk drivers,” Todd said. “It's just important to me that if I can save one life by offering free rides to get people home safe and off the roads, it's all worth it."

Todd has missed only one year in the last six making sure people wake up New Year's Day safe and sound. It's sort of a repentance for all her past party years.

"I would have to get up in the mornings and look out to see if my vehicle was out there to know how I got home from a night of partying,” Todd said. “God had other plans for me."

The plan is to offer the completely confidential rides to anyone within Nacogdoches County.

She's already receiving texts from people anticipating a night of heavy drinking. Thanks to social media more people are taking Todd up on the offer.  

"I think the least amount I've ever had was seven and the most I ever had, thus far, was 21,” Todd said.

One past sickly rescue reminds Todd to never forget the plastic-lined trash cans.

"See here's one garbage can already in here,” Todd said.

Some bartenders in Nacogdoches County have Retha Tubbe Todd's number by their phones. To request a New Year’s Eve ride, call (936) 645-3335. People can also visit Todd’s Facebook page at this link.

“Happy New Year, everybody,” Todd said.

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