The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) offers a cab ride program during high risk holidays for drivers who have had too much to drink. According to a Washington Post report, statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that nearly 50% of traffic deaths on Halloween involve drunk drivers. Cab rides are also offered on other holidays where people are prone to drink and drive, such as the span between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, and St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Independence Day.
The program, called SoberRide, offers a toll-free number, 800-200-8294 (TAXI), that will summon a taxi. Users must be over 21, and there is a $30 charge for the cab. The telephone number will be in use from 10 p.m. on Halloween night until 4 a.m. the next morning.
According to WRAP’s web site “All calls must originate in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; the cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt and Takoma Park in Maryland; the District of Columbia; Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Eastern Loudoun Counties in Virginia; and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park in Virginia.”
WRAP estimates that it has offered nearly 63,000 cab rides to inebriated drivers since the inception of the program 22 years ago. The organization has helped to keep alcohol-related traffic deaths on a lower trend than the average throughout the U.S. through programs in public education and health education.
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