Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patty’s Day SoberRide Program to Provide Free Taxi Rides in Eastern Loudoun

Offered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the "St. Patty’s Day SoberRide" program will be in operation beginning at 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) and continue until 4 a.m. tomorrow as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday.

During this 12-hour period, area residents celebrating with alcohol may call the toll-free SoberRide phone number, 1-800–200–TAXI, and be afforded a no-cost (up to a $ 50 fare), safe way home. AT&T wireless customers can dial # - TAXI for the same service. Local taxicab companies throughout the Washington-metropolitan area provide this no-cost service to local residents age 21 and older who otherwise may have attempted to drive home after drinking.

SoberRide is offered in eastern Loudoun County and other parts of Northern Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia and the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s.

“On Saint Patrick’s Day in this country, over a third of all traffic deaths are caused by drunk drivers,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP’s President.

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