The Washington Regional Alcohol Program will provide free cab rides to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington Metropolitan area on Halloween evening, this Saturday, Oct. 31.
Offered by the nonprofit WRAP, the Halloween SoberRide program will go into operation at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, and operate until 4 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, as a way to help keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday period.
During this six-hour period, area residents ages 21 and older celebrating with alcohol may call the toll-free SoberRide phone number 1-800-200-TAXI for a no-cost (up to a $30 fare), safe way home. AT&T wireless customers can dial #WRAP for the same service.
Local taxicab companies throughout the Washington-metropolitan area provide this no-cost service to local residents age 21 and older who otherwise may attempt to drive home after drinking.
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.
“The scary fact is that nearly half of all U.S. traffic deaths occurring during Halloween are caused by drunk drivers,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP’s President.
Last Halloween’s SoberRide program provided nearly 300 free cab rides home to would-be drunk drivers in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Since 1993, WRAP’s SoberRide program has provided 62,773 free cab rides home to would-be drunk drivers in the Greater Washington area.