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Free taxi rides offered for Halloween

10:36 AM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is offering free cab rides this Halloween as part of its the Halloween SoberRide® program. The program's goal is to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road.

"The scary fact is that more than half (52%*) of all U.S. traffic deaths occurring during Halloween are caused by drunk drivers," said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP's President, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/CAMPAIGNS/Drunk+Driving/Drive+Sober+or+Get+Pulled+Over/Halloween/2013+Talking+Points)

From 10 p.m. Thursday, October 31st to 4 a.m. on Friday, November 1st people 21 years old and older who have been drinking may call 1-800-200-TAXI and get a safe ride home. WRAP says AT&T wireless customers can dial # WRAP for the same service.

The ride is free up to a $30 fare.

SoberRide® is offered in the District of Columbia,  Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Arlington County, Fairfax, (eastern) Loudoun Coutny and Prince William County, according to WRAP. Alexandria Yellow Cab, Barwood, Fairfax Yellow Cab, Loudoun Yellow Cab, Manassas Cab Company, Red Top Cab, Silver Cab of Prince George's County, Yellow Cab of D.C., and Yellow Cab of Prince William County are all participating in the program.

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