Over 500 Use Local SoberRide Program on St. Patrick’s Day


Tysons VA, March 22 – Over 500 (503) persons in the Washington-metropolitan area used the free safe ride service, SoberRide®, on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) 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 85-seconds,” said Kurt Erickson, President of the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the organization conducting the region’s SoberRide® effort.

WRAP’s 2024 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide® campaign began at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2024 (St. Patrick’s Day) and continued until 12:00 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2024 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 “SAFESTPATS2024” in the app’s ‘Promo’ section to receive their no-cost safe ride home. SoberRide® was available to 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.

WRAP 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Ⓡ is 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 2024 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRideⓇ campaign included the 395 Express Lanes, Anheuser-Busch, Beer Institute, Brown-Forman, Constellation Brands, Diageo, District of Columbia Association of Beverage Alcohol Wholesalers, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, Giant Food, Glory Days Grill, Lyft, Molson Coors Beverage Company, New Belgium Brewing, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association. WRAP’s 2024 Public Partner SoberRideⓇ sponsors include the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Operations and Infrastructure’s Highway Safety Office, the Maryland Highway Safety Office/Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

In addition, a half-dozen of the Washington-metropolitan area’s better-known Irish restaurants also united to ensure a safe St. Patrick’s Day celebration this year by sponsoring SoberRideⓇ. These dining establishments included: The Dubliner Restaurant & Pub (DC); Ireland’s Four Courts (VA), Kelly’s Irish Times (DC); Martin’s Tavern Est. 1933 (DC); O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (VA); and Spanky’s Shenanigans (VA).

Since 1991, WRAP’s SoberRideⓇ program has provided 89,725 free safe rides home to would-be drunk drivers in the Greater Washington area.

Founded in 1982, the nonprofit [501(c)(3)] Washington Regional Program (WRAP) is an award-winning public-private partnership working to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in the Washington-metropolitan area. Through public education, innovative health education programs and advocacy, WRAP is credited with helping to keep the annual percentage of metro-Washington traffic deaths involving alcohol-impaired driving historically lower than the national average. WRAP, however, may best be known to area residents via the organization’s popular free safe ride service to prevent drunk driving, SoberRideⓇ.

More information about WRAP’s SoberRideⓇ initiative can be found at www.SoberRide.com.