Sheriff's office to offer Sober Ride for St. Patrick's Day revelers

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 4:25pm
Staff reports

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office wants St. Patrick’s Day revelers who plan on throwing back green beer or sipping Irish whiskey to remember there’s an alternative to driving afterward: Sober Ride.

Volunteers from the sheriff’s office will provide free rides home in Davidson County between 10 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday for those who call 615-862-RIDE (7433). Three Sober Ride tents will be provided downtown (along Demonbreun Street, and at Second Avenue and Broadway) and at Five Points in East Nashville.

“Last year, our 90 employee volunteers gave up their time to make sure the streets of Nashville were safe,” Sheriff Daron Hall said in a release. “They traveled nearly 4,000 miles in this county taking over 450 people home.”

Hall said using Sober Ride is much better than the alternative: “ending up in our jail or, worse, causing a crash that results in someone’s death.”

It’s the eighth year of the St. Patrick’s Day Sober Ride program, which will operate similarly to the New Year’s Eve Sober Ride, except for a downtown bus route. Reservations are not accepted.