Washington, D.C., April 3 – In adherence with federal guidelines to “slow the spread” of the COVID-19 virus and in concert with Washington-metropolitan area localities’ actions regarding venues where people congregate, the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) announced today that its 2020 Cinco de Mayo SoberRide® campaign has been suspended. WRAP, the organization conducting the region’s SoberRide effort, had similarly suspended its 2020 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide® campaign last month. The charity also offers its SoberRide® program on Independence Day, Halloween and the winter holidays and is provided throughout [...]
In adherence with federal guidelines to “slow the spread” of covid-19 and in concert with localities’ actions regarding venues where people congregate, the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) announced today that its 2020 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide campaign is suspended. WRAP’s 2020 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide program was scheduled to be in operation today at 4:00 pm (St. Patrick’s Day) and continue until 4:00 am tomorrow as a way to keep Washington-metropolitan area roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday. During this period, area residents age 21 [...]
Washington, DC, Feb. 25 – Preparing to combat that time of year when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), well over a third (39%) of all U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers*, free St. Patrick’s Day Lyft rides will be offered to deter impaired driving throughout the Washington-metropolitan area beginning Tuesday, March 17th. Offered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide® program will be in operation beginning at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) and continue until [...]
FREE RIDE SERVICE TO PREVENT DRUNK DRIVING REACHES ‘OVER 80,000 SERVED’ MARK Washington, D.C., Jan. 3 – Nearly 1,000 (921) persons in the Washington-metropolitan area used the free safe ride service, SoberRide®, this New Year’s (from 10:00 pm on December 31, 2019 through 4:00 am on January 1, 2020) as opposed to possibly driving home drunk. “For its hours of operation this New Year’s, this level of ridership translates into SoberRide® removing a potential drunk driver from Greater Washington’s roadways every 23-seconds,” said Kurt Erickson, President of the nonprofit Washington Regional [...]
NEARLY HALF OF ALL U.S. TRAFFIC DEATHS ON GAME DAY INVOLVE DRUNK DRIVERS Falls Church, VA, Jan. 22– While the teams, site and time have been finalized, a local anti-drunk driving organization is urging the public to also develop a game plan to prevent drunk driving during this year’s “Super Bowl Sunday.” During Super Bowl Sunday 2017, nearly half (48%) of all U.S. traffic fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (see NHTSA chart below). “With nearly half of all U.S. traffic deaths being caused [...]
22nd-ANNUAL EVENT HONORS LOCAL POLICE IN FIGHT AGAINST DUI Washington, DC, Dec. 13 – Fifteen (15) Washington-metropolitan area police officers were cited today for their “outstanding commitment in the fight against drunk driving in Greater Washington” and presented with the area’s 22nd-annual “Law Enforcement Awards of Excellence for Impaired Driving Prevention.” Bestowed this morning at a regional ceremony held in McLean, Virginia, the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) presented its 2019 Law Enforcement Awards to: • Officer Patrick Cushing City of Alexandria Police Department • Corporal Bret Kooharian Arlington County [...]
WRAP is a nonprofit [501(c)(3)], public-private partnership working to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in the Washington-metropolitan region.