Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that drunk driving accidents increase on Halloween. According to NHTSA, 44 percent of motor vehicle accident deaths on Halloween night between 2012 and 2016 involved drunk drivers. The National Safety Council reports that children have a twofold risk of being killed by drunk drivers on Halloween. Fortunately, you have options for getting home safely from a Halloween party in the D.C. area.
SoberRide is a designated driver program that is operated by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). The program partners with Lyft, a ridesharing service, to offer inebriated adults (21 years and older) discounted or free rides home.
Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, which means most adults are going to party during the weekend before. WRAP will operate SoberRide from 10 p.m on Oct. 27 to 4 a.m. on Oct. 28. During this time, you can download Lyft to your phone and enter a code to activate the service. During last year’s Halloween festivities, more than 700 people in the D.C. area used SoberRide to get to their destinations.
WRAP will publish the code on its website at 5 p.m on Oct. 27. You will need to enter this code in the “promo” section of Lyft’s app. SoberRide will apply up to $15 for your ride home. Please note that this service is only available in D.C. and the surrounding areas (full or partial availability in Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Montgomery and Prince George counties). However, chances are you can still use Uber, Lyft, a taxi, or public transportation to get home if you do not live near nearby.
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