Sheriff's office to offer free sober rides home Saturday night

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 1:48pm
Staff reports

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday night will operate its ninth annual Sober Ride St. Patrick’s Day, run by DCSO employee volunteers.

Phone service will again be provided for the St. Patrick’s Day Sober Ride event, which will operate between the hours of 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. Those looking for a sober ride during that time can call 615-862-RIDE (7433). The program operates in Davidson County only and reservations are not accepted.

The sheriff’s office estimates that employees have taken nearly 5,000 people home over the course of the program’s existence. Last year, 70 DCSO employees volunteered their time, traveled just more than 3,500 miles in Davidson County and took 450 people home.

“We expect a very busy evening for our volunteers,” said Sheriff Daron Hall. “Not only is St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday, but Nashville is also hosting the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and we anticipate a lot of people enjoying the holiday throughout the city.

“Anyone who has had too much to drink can call 615-862-RIDE for a free, safe, and sober ride home.  No questions asked.  Making that call is much better than ending up in our jail or worse — causing a crash that results in someone’s death.”