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Charr offers "Safe Ride Home" on New Year's Eve
Published: 12/30/2010 12:00:00
New Years Eve means a greater risk of people drinking and driving, to combat this, the local chapter of the Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers association, or CHARR is again offering their Safe Ride Home program.

Leeann Thomas, the chairperson of the Safe Ride Home committee for CHARR says, "We've doubled our cabs this year, a lot during the bar closing times, and that's where in the past, we haven't been able to have enough cabs to have the people that want, have rides home, so this year we have twenty. We have sixteen businesses that are going to be pickup points. Those establishments have a special number to call the twenty cabs, so you'll ask your bartender, your server at a liquor store to call you a safe ride home cab from those sixteen locations".

The Juneau Police Department will also be out in force to assure the public's safety and they encourage people to use the program as well. According to Sergeant Dave Campbell, Public Information Office for J.P.D. "There will be a very strong police presence throughout the community, especially downtown in the bars and it would really behoove people to use the safe ride program or other means to get home safely."

Leeann Thomas adds; "So number one, I think it absolutely reduces DUI's, proven after six years of doing this, and it's a good community thing to make sure not only do people have rides home but they don't even have to worry about it".

It also means a lot to the establishments who support the program; Dave Behrends, Administrator of the Juneau Moose Lodge, states that they have been active in the safe ride program since CHARR initiated it, "The members like it, we get more members who like to come out and have some fun now and so they're not worried about having to wait to get a ride home or trying to find a ride home so it's a big plus there."
The cabs offering safe rides home will be displaying this decal on the side; just make sure you contact them from a participating establishment.

Leeann Thomas finishes by relating that "Our saying in Juneau CHARR is drink responsibly, drive responsibly and if you're going to partake then please don't get in that car, use our Safe Ride Home Program".

By: Rik Pruett -