The approaching St. Patrick’s Day holiday is renewing a push for those celebrating with alcohol to find a sober ride home.
Thursday, Montgomery County prosecutor Matt Heck, Jr. joined AAA, area law enforcement, local pub owners and Heidelberg Distributing to promote ArriveSafe, a free cab service for county residents.
“We want people to come and go and we them to enjoy themselves, enjoy the holiday and do it safely,” said Steve Tieber, owner of Dublin Pub.
Heck helped create ArriveSafe seven years ago and said the program has provided more than 7,000 rides since its inception. He calls it a common sense alternative to driving impaired.
“Go home (after) having a fun day celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in a cab free or you can go in the backseat of a cruiser, handcuffed,” Heck said. “You decide which it’s going to be… or worse yet, end up on a slab in the coroner’s office.”
According to AAA, Ohio recorded 12,000 alcohol-related crashes in 2017, resulting in 300 deaths. In Montgomery County, drinking and driving caused 13 deadly crashes.
The Montgomery County OVI Task Force will be adding extra patrols Friday and Saturday to crack down on drunk driving.
Carlene Maynes, the Task Force coordinator explained, “When we have a holiday like this, we definitely have more officers out on overtime looking for impaired drivers.”
Heck said an OVI can land a driver in jail for up to 10 days, but said planning ahead can avoid legal or safety trouble.
“If you’re thinking, ‘I wonder if I’ve had too much to drink…’ that means you have. So don’t get behind the wheel. It’s so simple,” Heck said.
You can hail an ArriveSafe cab by calling 937-449-9999.
ArriveSafe will be available any time beginning Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m. – Sunday, March 18 at 6 a.m.
Rides are offered to Montgomery County residents covering fares up to $50.
In addition to the ArriveSafe option, Dublin Pub and Flanagan’s Pub are providing incentives for sober drivers. Designated drivers will receive free AAA wristbands and complimentary non-alcohol drinks.
A free shuttle service will also be available between Flanagan’s and Dublin Pub during St. Patrick’s Day festivities.