Guest Blog by Kurt Erickson, President of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program

On Saint Patrick’s Day, over a third of all U.S. traffic deaths are caused by drunk drivers. This morning, I launched the Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s 2012 Saint Patrick’s Day SoberRide Campaign at Fado Irish Pub in Downtown Washington. Each year, WRAP provides free taxi cab rides (up to $30) through the SoberRide program on major holidays.

This Saint Patrick’s Day between 6:00 pm on Saturday, March 17th, and 6:00 am on Sunday, March 18th, area residents celebrating the holiday with alcohol can call 1-800-200-TAXI for a no-cost, safe ride home. This lifesaving program is made possible on this holiday by: Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Diageo, MillerCoors, Red Top Cab, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, Volkswagen Group of America , and the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association.

Last year, SoberRide removed 547 would-be drunk drivers from the Washington-metropolitan area’s roadways on Saint Patrick’s Day alone. Since 1993, WRAP’s SoberRide program has provided 54,873 free cab rides home and kept countless would-be drunk drivers off area roads.

Before you go out to celebrate, make sure you have a way to get home safely. Program 1-800-200-TAXI into your cell phone, and share it with your friends and family in the DC area.

Commemorating its 30th year in 2012, the nonprofit [501(c)(3)] Washington Regional Alcohol Program is an award-winning public-private partnership working to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Through public education, innovative health education programs and advocacy, WRAP is credited with keeping the metro-Washington area’s alcohol-related traffic deaths consistently lower than the national average.

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility strongly supports The Washington Regional Alcohol Program and is proud to serve on its Board of Directors.