WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington area nonprofit is offering free rides home for area residents who drink on the Fourth of July, ensuring they get home safely and don’t attempt to drive.

Last July 4 the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program provided more than 100 free rides under its SoberRide program. On average, more than 250 riders have used the service each July 4 for the last eight years.

Residents who call between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday can get a free taxi ride up to $30. Residents who need a taxi can call 1-800-200-TAXI to request a ride.

The free rides are also offered on other holidays including on Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day and the two to three weeks before and including New Year’s Eve.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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