Thousands of cabs will offer free fares for rides that cost less than fifty dollars tonight. The group organizing the program hopes it will cut down on drinking and driving.
Kurt Erickson heads the Washington Regional Alcohol Program. He says Sober Ride operates like other taxis. But instead of calling a ride directly, would-be-drivers need to call 1-800-200-TAXI. He hopes bar patrons know that number by now.
"You'd be hard pressed to find an ABC licensed establishment area that isn't placarded with our materials. We produce tens of thousands of cards and fliers that are all over the place," said Erickson.
Bo Monroe bar tends at the Town Tavern in Adams Morgan. "On nights where I think there are people who would go out that normally wouldn't go out, I think it's definitely a good program."
Erickson says alcohol is responsible for a third of all traffic deaths in the D.C. area.
Peter Granitz reports...