Free Stuff: A Ride Home on St. Patrick’s Day

On Saint Patrick’s Day, depending on where you party, you may be able to leave your keys at home.

In an effort to keep the roads safe on the festive Irish holiday, some cities and towns are offering free rides to citizens who’ve had too much to drink.  And for good reason – in the last five years there have been more than 850 fatal car accidents in the U.S. on St. Patrick’s Day and almost a third of those car crashes involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content beyond the U.S. legal limit, or higher than .08.

Here’s a roundup of ten free ride events we found throughout the country. If your area’s not listed, try checking with your local AAA chapter or your Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration.

  1. Baltimore, Maryland. Call 1-877-963-TAXI (8294) to book a free cab ride home worth no more than $50 from an area restaurant or bar.  If you go over $50, you must pay the difference. The Tipsy Taxi program starts at 4pm on St. Pat’s Day and at 4am the next day.
  2. San Francisco, CA. Berg Injury Lawyers are sponsoring the Safe and Sober Free Cab Ride Home from 3pm on Tuesday to 3am Wednesday. If you’re in the San Fran area call Luxor Cab at 1-415-282-4141 and tell them the ride is on Berg Injury Lawyers. For a free cab ride home within Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley city limits, dial Veterans Cab at 1-800-281-4488. In both cases make sure to tell them Berg Injury Lawyers have you covered.
  3. Washington, DC-area. Free cabs will be available from 4pm Tuesday to 4am Wednesday in the District, as well as nearby Virginia counties: Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington.  The offer is part of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (link to www.soberride.com). To get a ride call 800-200-TAXI (8294). If you have AT&T Wireless you can dial #TAXI. The free ride is good up to $50 on the meter. The free cab ride home must be to take you to a residence at the end of your night out. Not valid for bar hopping!
  4. Juneau, Alaska. Bar and liquor stores throughout the state capital will give out tokens worth either $1 or $5 towards a free ride home. The “Safe Ride” program is sponsored by Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, which is donating some $3,000 in cab tokens. Tokens are first-come, first-serve. Last year the Triangle Club in downtown Juneau paid for 60 patrons to get home safely last year through the same initiative.
  5. Reno, Nevada. The “Safe Ride Home” program includes two free trips on RTC Ride, the county’s bus system.  Passes are available at more than 20 participating restaurants, bars and pubs, and can be used March 17-19.
  6. West Palm Beach, Florida. AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser (Stock Quote: BUD) are sponsoring the Tow to Go program that lets anyone can call for free ride on St. Patrick’s Day. The offer actually began Friday March 13.  Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (222-4357) to request a ride.
  7. Terre Haute, Indiana. From 3pm on St. Patty’s Day through 3am the next day call the Yellow Cab Company for a free ride at 1-812-478-5000. The deal is provided by the law firm Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos and Newlin, along with the Yellow Cab Company of Terre Haute.  When you call, remember to say that Fleschner Law is paying for the ride.
  8. Albany, New York. The law firm Martin, Harding & Mazzotti will pay for taxi rides from 10am Tuesday to 2am the next day.  Call 1-800 LAW-1010 and a firm rep will contact a cab driver to come pick you up.
  9. Nashville, Tennessee. The Davidson County’s Sober Ride program runs from 9pm Tuesday to 2am Wednesday.  Call 1-615-862-RIDE (7433).
  10. Colorado Springs, Colorado. The McDivitt Law Firm will pay for cab rides from 7pm Tuesday through 3am Wednesday for those who’ve had too much to drink or need a safe ride home.  The booking number for the Safe and Sober Free Cab Ride Home program is 1-719- 777-7777. Make sure to tell the rep the ride is being paid for by McDivitt Law Firm. You can only take this ride to a residence- not another pub!
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