The new surcharge will end July 25, unless it's repealed before that.
The Washington Regional Alcohol Program, also known as WRAP, offers free cab rides up to a $30 fare. The taxi service runs from 4:00 p.m. today through 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.
"St. Patrick’s is the time of year when 37 percent of all U.S. traffic fatalities are caused by drunk drivers, so you need to have some safety valve in place. That safety valve hopefully is SoberRide," says Kurt Erickson is the president of WRAP.
He says, to get a free ride, call the program's dispatch number and an operator will direct your request to one of the many participating cab companies. If you call a cab company directly though, the ride will not be covered under the program. To use the free WRAP service you must be 21 years and older.
The number to call is 800-200-8294 (TAXI) or #8294 on an AT&T wireless phone.