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Call 1-800-200-TAXI for a free cab ride on Halloween

Call 1-800-200-TAXI for a free cab ride on Halloween

Published on: Friday, October 25, 2013

By Tracey Gold Bennett, Special to The Sentinel


They’ve provided nearly sixty thousand free taxi rides since 1993, and now the Washington Regional Alcohol program (WRAP) is poised to do it again. Halloween is approaching and WRAP wants to remind folks not to drive under the influence of alcohol.  WRAP will be offering free cab rides via the organization’s SoberRide program, to would-be drunk drivers throughout Prince George’s County on Thursday Oct. 31. Wrap touts the initiative is a way to make area roadways a little less frightening during Halloween.

“The scary fact is that more than half of all U.S. traffic deaths occurring during Halloween are caused by drunk drivers,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP’s President.

SoberRide will be in operation beginning 10:00 pm on Oct. 31st (Halloween) and operate until 4:00 am on Friday, Nov.1, as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk, holiday period.

Here’s how it works: during a six-hour period, area residents ages 21 and older celebrating with alcohol  may call the toll-free SoberRide® phone number 1-800-200-TAXI and be afforded  a no-cost (up to a $30 fare), safe way home. AT&T wireless customers can dial # - WRAP for the same service.

Local taxicab companies throughout the Washington-metropolitan area provide this no-cost service to local residents age 21 and older who otherwise may attempt to drive home after drinking.

SoberRide® is offered in the: District of Columbia; throughout the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; and throughout the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, (eastern) Loudoun and Prince William.

Sponsors of this year’s Halloween SoberRide® offering include: Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Diageo, Giant, MillerCoors, Red Top Cab of Arlington, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, Volkswagen Group of America and the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association.

=Participating taxicab companies include: 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.

 More information about WRAP’s SoberRide is available online






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