It's that time of year when would-be drivers can have too much holiday cheer.
So if you over-imbibe, don't get behind the wheel. The nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program — or WRAP — has a better alternative: its free taxi service called SoberRide.
In an effort to decrease the incidence of drunk driving, the Holiday SoberRide program will be offered from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly through Jan. 1.
To receive a free cab ride home — up to a $30 fare — call 1-800-200-8294 (TAXI). AT&T customers may dial #WRAP from their wireless phones.
“Last December, nearly 2,000 (1,927) greater Washington residents did the right thing and availed themselves of this life-saving service rather than possibly driving home impaired,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP’s president.
“For SoberRide’s hours of operation during just last New Year’s Eve," he added, "such ridership (387) translated into the removal of a would-be drunk driver from our shared roadways every 74 seconds.”
Here's how the program works:
WRAP's SoberRide provides a free cab ride home up to a $30 fare. Callers are financially responsible for anything over $30.
You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service.
You can't reserve a SoberRide or schedule a pickup in advance. To receive a ride, you must call 1-800-200-8294 (TAXI) during the program hours. A SoberRide call operator will direct your request to the correct participating cab company.
In addition, all calls must originate in:
Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and eastern Loudoun counties; or in the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park.
Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George's counties; or in the cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt and Takoma Park.
Since 1993, WRAP’s SoberRide program has provided 58,576 free cab rides home to would-be drunk drivers in the Greater Washington area.
The service is offered during the December-January holiday season as well as St. Patrick's Day, Independence Day and Halloween. For more information, visit the WRAP website.