Get a SoberRide home on New Year's Eve

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Holiday revelers can get a free cab ride home on New Year's Eve -- or any night until then -- as part of an annual effort to keep drunken drivers off local roads.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering the free taxi trips as part of its SoberRide program from 10 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, giving revelers more flexibility if they miss the last Metro train. Metrorail will be staying open two hours late that night, closing about 2 a.m., although actually, the last trains leave stations at various times.

The free taxi service is also available each night until New Year's between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

WRAP has been offering the free rides since 1993 on holidays such as St. Patrick's Day, Halloween and the Fourth of July, providing more than 55,000 rides in total. Last year, 396 people used the free ride service for the New Year's Eve holiday, one of the busiest days for the nonprofit. So far this holiday season, since Dec. 14, it has given out more than 1,000 trips.

Would-be drunken drivers can call 800-200-TAXI (8294)or text #WRAP on an AT&T cellphone. The catch: The program covers fares only up to $30 and only for riders age 21 and older in the District and Montgomery, Prince George's, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties, plus eastern Loudoun County.

kweir@washingtonexaminer.com

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