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Ride sober today

The Washington area's SoberRide program will again be doing its wonderful work of providing free cab trips to people who might otherwise drive drunk.

The St. Patrick's Day effort, sponsored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday and continues until 4 a.m. Thursday. Adults in the Washington area can call 800-200-TAXI for a ride that's free up to $50. AT&T wireless customers can dial #TAXI for the service.

All calls must originate from one of these locations: the District, Montgomery or Prince George's counties; the cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt or Takoma Park; Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William or eastern Loudoun counties; the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas or Manassas Park.

You can't call ahead of time and reserve a cab. That's only fair, isn't it? The program wasn't set up to facilitate drinking, but rather to get everyone home safely when people do overindulge themselves.

Since 1993, SoberRide has provided 47,813 free cab rides home, according to WRAP's president, Kurt Gregory Erickson.

Transportation experts -- and other sensible people -- offer these suggestions for staying safe on St. Patrick's Day:
-- Plan a safe way home before the celebration.
-- Figure out who's going to be the designated driver before anybody starts drinking.
-- Take transit. Metro's Trip Planner calculator can figure out a bus or train route to almost any destination in the D.C. area.
-- If you spot another driver behaving in a way that endangers the driver, you or other drivers, that's a legitimate reason to call 911.
-- Safety officials note that more than a third of the fatal crashes in 2008 involved an impaired driver, but they also point out that people walk around drunk, too. While you're watching for drunk drivers, also keep an eye out for pedestrians behaving unsafely.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 17, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  Driving , Events , Safety  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, SoberRide  
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Ride Sober? This doesn't make any sense. It should be Ride Drunk or at least Ride Tipsy.

Posted by: fireball72 | March 17, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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