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Advocacy Group Organizes Free Cab Rides On Halloween

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With more people out celebrating Halloween Saturday night, one advocacy group hopes free taxi rides will save lives.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program organizes the Sober Ride program for people too drunk to drive. Kurt Erickson heads WRAP and says party-goers simply need to call 1-800-200-TAXI for a lift.

"But obviously when someone might be in their cups as they say, those numbers may not be so easy," said Erickson. Erickson says bartenders and servers need to intervene when someone has had too much.

Bo Monroe bartends at the Town Tavern in Adams Morgan. "The energy level is definitely up and everyone is in costume and it's a different kind of outing," said Monroe. "But any random weekend night is arguably as crazy as a holiday."

Last year more than 350 metro residents took advantage of the rides. But with Halloween on both a Saturday night and during daylight savings time, Erickson expects the number to climb.

Peter Granitz reports...

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