Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Transportation Home  |  Discussions  |  Traffic  |  Columns  |  Q&A     |      Twitter |    Facebook   |  phone Alerts
Posted at 2:36 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

SoberRide sets record for holiday

By Washington Post Editors

SoberRide, a program that provides free taxi rides to the impaired during some holidays, recorded 967 rides on New Year's Eve.

According to the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, which coordinates the rides, that number eclipsed the 808 rides provided on New Year's Eve in 2002, which was the previous record.

"For its hours of operation, this level of ridership translates into SoberRide removing a would-be drunk driver from greater Washington's roadways every 30 seconds," said Kurt Gregory Erickson, president of WRAP, a public-private partnership that works to prevent drunken driving and underage drinking.

SoberRide provided 2,530 rides during its most recent effort, from Dec. 17 to Jan. 1. The service operated from 10 p.m to 6 a.m. each night. Local residents ages 21 and older could obtain free taxi rides up a $30 value.

WRAP officials said SoberRide has provided 51,718 free cab rides since it began in 1993.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 3, 2011; 2:36 PM ET
Categories:  Driving, Transportation News  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: MARC train will be 1 car short
Next: Night work for Dulles Metrorail

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company