The 2018 Thanksgiving weekend in Virginia proved deadly for 12 drivers and passengers, including a City of Winchester police officer. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the fatal crashes. And take a look at the picture below. It may look like our state decorated with red holiday lights; sadly it's a map from the Virginia DMV 2017 Crash Facts Report marking alcohol-related driving fatalities.
We want everyone to be safe for the second half of this holiday season. Sadly, Christmas through New Year's ends up being one of worst times for drinking and driving in the Commonwealth. With a little planning ahead and thoughtful consideration for road safety, every Virginian can have a positive impact.
It's always safer to completely refrain from drinking if you're driving, but there's a great way to be informed and track your alcohol intake. Use a Blood Alcohol Calculator like AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker to estimate your BAC for you by using your height, weight, age, gender, the number of drinks you’ve had, and what type they were. App is made for for Android and IOS.
Have a Designated Driver or Get a Ride
There's really no excuse for drinking and driving with a huge variety of ride share services. Here are a few free and discounted services offered during the holidays by local area.
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, 2018 to 5:00 AM on January 1, 2019 in the greater Richmond and Charlottesville areas. To access the codes, follow Allen & Allen on Facebook at facebook.com/allen.and.allen.
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.
Be My DD- A driver takes you home in your own vehicle 24/7. Phone: 1-877-823-6933
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. Program begins Monday, 12/24 and ends Tuesday, 1/1 at 6am.
Hooptie Ride- On call 7-days a week beginning at 7p.m. Group bus ride home – Starts at $4 per person for up to 3 miles. Phone: 540-449-DRIV
Have a safe holiday season on Virginia roads!