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Maryland Alert: Halloween Remains One of the Deadliest Holidays Due to Drunk Driving

Halloween has proven to be one of the deadliest holidays of the year for traffic fatalities, according to data issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The data states that October 31 is one of the most dangerous nights of the year because 52% of traffic fatalities involve drunk driving. Halloween partygoers can get a free SoberRide home this year or use an app to find a safe ride home.

Baltimore,Maryland (PR MediaRelease) October 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2016                                             

CONTACT: Kurt Erickson, 703-625-2303 or  Jennifer Robenalt, 512-653-9656

 

MARYLAND ALERT:

HALLOWEEN REMAINS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST HOLIDAYS DUE TO DRUNK DRIVING

LAST YEAR, 52% OF U.S. HIGHWAY FATALITIES DURING HALLOWEEN INVOLVED DRUNK DRIVERS

**STATE CONTINUES 15TH-ANNUAL CHECKPOINT STRIKEFORCE CAMPAIGN**

 

Baltimore, MD, Oct. 28, 2016 – Halloween has proven to be one of the deadliest holidays of the year for traffic fatalities, according to data issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The data states that October 31 is one of the most dangerous nights of the year because 52% of traffic fatalities involve drunk driving.

  • Halloween partygoers can get a free SoberRide home this year or use an app to find a safe ride home.
  • To get a free SoberRide in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; and the Cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt and Takoma Park in Maryland, riders should call 800-200-8294 (TAXI). Riders are financially responsible for any part of the fare beyond $30.00.
  • AT&T customers may text #WRAP from their wireless phones to secure a ride from a participating taxi company in the SoberRide pick-up areas above. Please refer to the SoberRide information listed below for important details concerning this program.
  • For all areas in Maryland, users can download the ENDUI mobile app from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration available for Android and iOS devices.
  • All requests for SoberRide service must be called to and dispatched from 1-800-200-8294.  Do not call a taxi company directly for SoberRide service as the ride will not be covered under this program.
  • You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service.
  • You cannot reserve a cab in advance.

WHEN:      SoberRide operates from 10:00 p.m., Sat., October 29 to 6 a.m. Sun., October 30

WHERE:

All SoberRide calls must originate in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; the Cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt and Takoma Park in Maryland; the District of Columbia; Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and eastern Loudoun Counties in Virginia; and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park in Virginia. Again, all requests for SoberRide service must be called to and dispatched from 1-800-200-8294. If you are located outside of these SoberRide areas, please use the SaferRide app and/or the ENDUI app.

WHY:

  • In 2015, 52-percent of all U.S. traffic deaths during Halloween involved drunk drivers. (NHTSA)
  • In 2015, over one-third (36%) of persons killed in U.S. alcohol-impaired traffic crashes during Halloween were pedestrians. (NHTSA)
  • In 2015, nearly two-thirds (63%) of persons killed in U.S. alcohol-impaired traffic crashes during Halloween were persons ages 21-to-34. (NHTSA)

WHO:

The non-profit Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s (WRAP) SoberRide is called one of the nation’s most successful free cab ride programs for would-be impaired drivers. It has helped to ensure Greater Washington, DC residents have a safe way home on high-risk holidays. Since 1993, WRAP has dispatched over 65,219 safe rides home.  Currently, SoberRide operates during the December/January holiday season, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Independence Day and Halloween.

HOW:      

To schedule an interview with a WRAP spokesperson, please contact Kurt Erickson at 703-625-2303.

 

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The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s (WRAP) SoberRide is called one of the nation’s most successful free cab ride programs for would-be impaired drivers. It has helped to ensure greater Washington, DC residents have a safe way home on high-risk holidays. Since 1991, WRAP has dispatched over 65,219 safe rides home. Currently, SoberRide operates during the December/January holiday season, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Independence Day and Halloween.

Kurt Erickson
Washington Regional Alcohol Program

703-625-2303
kurt@wrap.org

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