Nearly 500 Use Local SoberRide® Program on St. Patrick’s Day
DC AREA’S DUI PREVENTION EFFORT REMOVES POTENTIAL DRUNK DRIVER FROM AREA ROADWAYS EVERY MINUTE-AND-A-HALF ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Washington, D.C., March 22—Nearly 500 (482) persons in the Washington-metropolitan area used the free safe ride service, SoberRide®, this St. Patrick’s Day (March 17 – 18, 2022) as opposed to possibly driving home drunk.
“For its hours of operation this St. Patrick’s Day, this level of ridership translates into SoberRide® removing a potential drunk driver from Greater Washington’s roadways every minute-and-a-half ,” (89.6 seconds) said Kurt Erickson, President of the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program, the organization conducting the region’s SoberRide® effort.
WRAP’s 2022 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide® campaign began at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2022 (St. Patrick’s Day) and continued until 4:00 a.m., the next day, Friday, March 18th, as a way to keep local roads safe from potentially impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk period. During this twelve-hour period, area residents celebrating with alcohol could download the Lyft app to their phones, then enter the code “STPATSAFERIDE22” in the app’s “Payment” tab (under the “Add Lyft Pass” option) to receive their no-cost (up to $15) safe transportation home. SoberRide® was available to both new and existing Lyft users.
Lyft provided SoberRide® trips throughout the Washington-metropolitan area to local residents ages 21 and older who otherwise may have attempted to drive home after drinking.
The charity also offers its free safe ride service on Cinco de Mayo, Independence Day, Halloween and the winter holidays through and including New Year’s Eve.
SoberRide® was offered throughout Lyft’s Washington D.C. coverage area which includes all or parts of: the District of Columbia; the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s and towns therein plus the cities of Bowie, College Park, District Heights, Gaithersburg. Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Laurel, Mount Ranier, New Carrollton, Rockville, Seat Pleasant and Takoma Park; and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and towns therein plus the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.
Sponsors of WRAP’s 2022 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide® campaign include the 395 Express Lanes, Amazon, Anheuser-Busch, Beer Institute, Brown-Forman, Constellation Brands, District of Columbia Association of Beverage Alcohol Wholesalers, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Foundation of Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, Giant Food, Glory Days Grill, Kendall-Jackson, Lyft, Molson Coors Beverage Company, New Belgium Brewing, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, and the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association. WRAP’s 2022 Partner SoberRide® Sponsors include the Maryland Highway Safety Office/Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
Since 1991, WRAP’s SoberRide® program has provided 82,127 free safe rides home to would-be drunk drivers in the Greater Washington area.
Founded in 1982, the nonprofit [501(c)(3)] Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is a coalition of diverse interests using effective education, innovative programs and targeted advocacy to end alcohol-impaired driving and underage drinking in the Washington, DC metro area. Through public education, innovative health education programs and advocacy, WRAP is credited with keeping the metro-Washington area’s alcohol-related traffic deaths historically lower than the national average.
For more information, visit WRAP’s web site at www.wrap.org.