Find A Sober Ride in Virginia This Holiday Season

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The stats are sobering

The 2021 Thanksgiving weekend in Virginia resulted in 67 charged drivers for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs. The map below from the Virginia DMV 2020 Crash Facts Report may look like our state is decorated with holiday lights; sadly it's a map indicating alcohol-related driving fatalities.

2020 Map of Fatal Car crashes from Alcohol in VA

Sober and safe driving this holiday season

Christmas through New Year's ends up being one of the worst times for drinking and driving in the Commonwealth. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a little planning ahead and thoughtful consideration for road safety, every Virginian can have a positive impact.

 

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Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

It's best to completely refrain from drinking if you're driving. The bottom line is if you feel different, you drive differently. 

There are blood alcohol calculators like AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker (Android) or DrinkControl (IOS) to estimate your BAC using your height, weight, age, gender, the number of drinks you’ve had, and what type they were.  Even the smallest amount of alcohol can affect get you in big trouble behind the wheel.

 

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Have a Designated Driver or Get a Ride

There's really no excuse for drinking and driving with a huge variety of rideshare services. Here are a few free and discounted services offered during the holidays by the local area.

UPDATE COMING FOR 2021 on the following programs.

Greater Richmond Area/Charlottesville

Allen & Allen Sober Ride- will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi home on New Year’s Eve from 10:00 PM on December 31 to 5:00 AM on January 1 in the greater Richmond and Charlottesville areas. To access the codes, follow Allen & Allen on Facebook at facebook.com/allen.and.allen.

In addition, the city of Richmond is offering free Pulse rides in response to public health measures and in the interest of economically distressed communities due to the pandemic. 

Alexandria/Fairfax/Prince William/Arlington/Loudoun/ Manassas Park

Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)- Rides will be available from Friday, Dec. 14 to Monday, Dec. 31 nightly from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Residents 21 and older can enter the SoberRide promo code into the Lyft app's "promo" section to get a ride up to $15. Promo codes will be posted at SoberRide.com on Dec. 14, 22, and 31.  UPDATE COMING FOR 2021.

 

Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, Yorktown, and Williamsburg

AAA Holiday Ride Program-Please call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246 for assistance unless otherwise noted. The program begins 10/31/19 and ends Tuesday, 1/1/20 at 6 am.

Blacksburg

Hooptie Ride- On-call 7-days a week. Schedule a Pick-up or Special Event Reservation: (540) 449-DRIV (3748) 

 

We wish you a safe holiday season on Virginia roads! 

 

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