For the sixth consecutive year, we are offering an incentive not to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve – a free cab ride home. Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi home on New Year’s Eve from 10:00 PM on December 31, 2017 to 5:00 AM on January 1, 2018 in the greater Richmond and Charlottesville areas.
“The results of drinking and driving can be tragic, and we see too many sad stories in our practice,” said firm president Trent Kerns. “We want to do our part to keep our community safe on one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Anyone who is unable to safely drive home this New Year’s Eve will receive a free sober ride home courtesy of Allen & Allen.”
Drunk Driving is Dangerous
The dangers of driving under the influence are obvious to most drivers, however those who choose to drink and drive will certainly be sobered by the horrifying facts of DUI statistics that highlight the extreme risks of drinking and driving. If a driver in the metro Richmond area has a crash, there is a 61% chance they will be injured and a 3% chance they will die. In fact, over 50% of all fatal accidents in the Richmond metropolitan area were alcohol related. These other harrowing statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) should discourage driving under the influence:
- In the U.S., 28 people die every day in drunk driving accidents.
- Men are statistically more likely to drink and drive than women.
- In 2013, fatal accidents involving alcohol were four times more likely to occur at night.
- In the U.S., 1 out of every 139 drivers is arrested annually for driving under the influence.
- Roughly 3 out of every 10 Americans will be in an alcohol-related traffic accident.
- Over 40% of the total number of traffic fatalities each year are alcohol-related.
- Each year, Americans take over 159 million alcohol-impaired driving trips. Over 10% of these trips are made by drivers under the legal drinking age.
- 50% to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
- A drunk driver has driven drunk an average of 80 times before their first arrest.
- Every two minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving accident.
- Nationally 21 to 25 year olds have the highest rates of drinking and driving (23.4%).
- One-third of drivers who are convicted or arrested for DUI are repeat offenders.
How to Receive a Sober Ride Home
You can help to make the roads a safer place this holiday season by pledging not to drink and drive. Volunteer to be a designated driver for friends or family, or opt to take advantage of a Sober Ride Home from Allen & Allen if you welcome the New Year with alcohol.
If you are in the greater Richmond area and feel unsafe driving on New Year’s Eve, Allen & Allen will pick up the tab for a free ride with Lyft between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. Simply download the Lyft app and use the promotional code “ALLENSOBERRIDE” to participate. You must be within a 20 mile radius of Richmond and input the promotional code to receive the free fare.The Sober Rides only apply to those going home. They will not apply to patrons going to another drinking establishment.
If you are in the Charlottesville area and feel unsafe driving on New Year’s Eve, simply call Charlottesville Yellow Cab at 434-295-4131. You must ask for the Sober Ride Home to be eligible for the free fare. Allen & Allen will pick up the tab on Sober Rides between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The Sober Rides only apply to those going home. They will not apply to patrons going to another drinking establishment.