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Program to offer rides for drunken drivers in Pierce County this holiday season

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:31 am |
December 13, 2012 11:37 am

Starting Saturday, 13 Pierce County tow companies are offering to tow drunken drivers and their vehicles home within a five-mile radius.

The offer, which extends through New Year’s Eve, is part of the Home Safe Bar Program operated by the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force. Bartenders can call one of the participating tow companies for intoxicated drivers.

Tacoma-based Aloha Cab Company will also provide 35 free rides Saturday and Dec. 22. To qualify for one of the cab rides, you must have three or more people and be going somewhere within a five-mile radius in Tacoma. Aloha Cab Company can be reached at 253-428-9999.

The Home Safe Bar Program will be conjunction with an emphasis patrol where 25 local police officers, sheriff’s deputies and troopers will patrol roads seeking drunken drivers.

“It’s pretty simple,” said John Cheesman, chief of the Fircrest Police Department and chairman of the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force. “Don’t drink and drive. Instead, take the free ride.”

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