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D.C.'s "SoberRide" Expands Hours

A D.C. Taxi in the downtown area
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A D.C. Taxi in the downtown area

The D.C. area's SoberRide program has been working overtime to take drunk drivers off local roads during the holiday season.

The SoberRide program offers free taxi service up to $30 for intoxicated holiday revelers. Since 1993, the program has kept more than 52,000 would-be drunk drivers off D.C. area roads.

While the program used to offer rides up until last call at D.C. bars, this year, director Kurt Erickson says area residents can get free rides almost until sunrise.

"We're not offering this just until 4 am, which is when the last call of a bar is in the District of Columbia on a Saturday night - but actually two hours past that," Erickson said.

Over last year's New Year holiday, 967 people called SoberRide DC during an 8 hour period, which averages out to one potential drunk driver kept off the road every 30 seconds.

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