WASHINGTON — St. Patrick’s Day celebrants who tie one on too tightly in the D.C. area have some free options to get home safely.
And they’re as simple as calling a taxi or using a smartphone app.
There’s good reason to take advantage of them, too: The chance of a person being in an alcohol-impaired crash is one in three over the course of a lifetime, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
“These programs help to ensure greater Washington, D.C., residents have a safe ride home and prevent accidents and fatalities from drunk driving,” said Ernest Chrappah, director of the District’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles.
Safe Ride Program
The Yellow Cab Company’s Safe Ride Program is offering free rides from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Simply call 202-420-7533.
The passenger will be responsible for the difference if the fare exceeds a $20 limit per trip. All trips must originate from a D.C. bar or restaurant or entertainment venue, and the destination must be a residential address.
The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) will offer its SoberRide Program from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday.
Using the free Lyft smartphone app, those 21 or older can enter the code “SOBERRIDE” in the app’s Promo section to receive up to $20 off one ride taken in the D.C. coverage area.
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