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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
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