SoberRide to Offer Free Cab Rides Throughout the Holidays

by ARLnow.com December 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm 7,001 16 Comments

The regional SoberRide program will be offering free cab rides throughout the holidays.

From Friday, Dec. 14 to Tuesday, Jan. 1, SoberRide will be providing no-cost cab rides to those who call 1-800-200-TAXI from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Last December, more than 2,000 D.C. area residents used SoberRide in December, according to the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP).

In addition to the SoberRide program, WRAP and Red Top Cab recently unveiled a half-taxi, half-police cruiser that has been parked in Clarendon in an effort to deter drunk driving.

From a WRAP press release:

Combating that time of year classified by U.S. Government officials as one of the deadliest times on America’s roadways due to an increase in drunk driving, a local nonprofit organization announced today that free cab rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout Arlington County, Virginia during the winter holidays.

Offered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the annual Holiday SoberRide program will operate between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am each evening between Friday, December 14, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013 as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk, holiday period.

During the evening hours, between December 14th and January 1st, Washington-metropolitan area residents celebrating with alcohol may call the toll-free SoberRide phone number 1–800–200–TAXI and be afforded a no-cost (up to $ 30 fare), safe way home. (AT&T wireless users can dial #WRAP for the same service.)

“Last December, over 2,000 (2,032) Greater Washington residents did the right thing and availed themselves of this lifesaving service rather than possibly driving home impaired,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP’s President. “For SoberRide’s hours of operation during just last New Year’s Eve, such ridership (396) translated into the removal of a would-be drunk driver from our shared roadways every 72-seconds.”

SoberRide is offered in the: District of Columbia; throughout the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; and throughout the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, (eastern) Loudoun and Prince William. In these areas, local taxicab companies will be providing this no-cost service to local residents age 21 and older who otherwise may have attempted to drive home after drinking.

Since 1993, WRAP’s SoberRide program has provided 55,851 free cab rides home to would-be drunk drivers in the Greater Washington area.

Sponsors of the 2012 Holiday SoberRide campaign include: Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Diageo, GEICO, Giant, MillersCoors, Red Top Cab, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, Volkswagen Group of America and the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association.

Participating taxicab companies include: Alexandria Yellow Cab; Barwood; Fairfax Yellow Cab; Loudoun Yellow Cab; Manassas Cab Company; Red Top Cab; Silver Cab of Prince George’s County; Yellow Cab of D.C.; and Yellow Cab of Prince William County.

  • MrMeow

    So if I order one now, it might arrive next december?

  • Tom Smart

    Does anyone know if any of our tax dollars were used in producing this vehicle? I have no problem with the message.

    • JohnB

      You could click on the link to the story about it and read it…

      • Tommy Smart

        Yes, I could.

        • jhg

          I think the taxpayers sprung for a used light bar for the roof

    • dd

      Many of our tax dollars (federal ones, anyway) go toward very expensive weapons, technologies and other services provided by government contractors.

      You know–the ones that pay the six-figure salaries and keep everybody around here in Beemers and expensive condos.

      But nobody ever seems to complain about that. They just complain about nickle-and-dime garbage.

      • Greg

        Because the livelihood of the posters you refer to depends on it, and principles and ideals break down. Many of them post on here while they’re “working” and head home at 5 — maybe 6 if things are really busy. It’s hypocrisy at its finest. I welcome a reduction in the overinflated hours billed to the government. Someone 2 years out of undergrad bills 40 hours at 200+ an hour for 25 hours of work.

        • Brian K

          That’s just the half of it. Government pays 30-50% more on all projects/contracts than private would because they don’t have the best estimators/experts/negotiaters. They are all on the private side because they get more money.

          And then of course there are lazers on top of flying tank type projects, which cost tens of billions and sometimes never even produce one finished product.

          But people love to b*tch about some laid off construction worker getting 400$ on food stamps to keep himself fed.

          • drax

            So they pay more for contracts because they pay less for estimators? Penny wise, pound foolish.

    • KathyInArlingtonVA

      “As part of the public/private initiative, Red Top donated the former taxi, which has more than 396,000 miles on it, and paid for its makeover. ACPD donated the lights on top which had previously been a former police cruiser, and will be responsible for positioning the vehicle throughout the county. Both organizations emphasize that due to the donations, the vehicle was of practically no cost to taxpayers.”

  • SteamboatWillie

    Has anyone ever succeeded in landing a cab from the SoberRide program? If so, please post here.

    • Neighbor

      I stopped going out a couple of years ago but never had a problem with them when I did. You might have to wait longer than stepping outside and hailing a cab. Usually was best to call or have the bar call before closing time. Considering that I would drop $20 – $40 a weekend on cab fare alone, I looked forward to the SoberRide time periods.

  • YHS Alumni

    It’s called SoberRide cause they take you to the bar sober, good luck getting a free cab home…

    • MrMeow

      Or you will be sober by the time it arrives to go home.

    • Otis

      So that is the way that it is supposed to work ….. I had it backwards.
      Thanks !!

  • AlexandriasOustedPoliceChief

    I am still waiting for one of these police infomercials to boldly state that
    the police will also be targeted for drinking and driving, and will under no
    circumstances let drunken police officers off the hook, even when there is
    no accident.


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