By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Those going out this weekend to celebrate the coming of 2012 will be able to take a Safe Ride Home from the Wilson County Sheriffs Department as they offer their annual volunteer service once again to keep local residents safe.
Capt. Gary Keith said this is the ninth year the department has offered the service and coupled with efforts of other local law enforcement agencies, the number of DUI accidents and arrests on New Years Eve has significantly decreased.
The statistics of alcohol-related incidents are way down since we started doing this, Keith said.
This Saturday night, Dec. 31, Sheriffs Deputies will ferry partygoers from the party back home to avoid motorists driving home impaired and risking their own life and the lives of others.
The service will run from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, when any Wilson County resident can call the WCSD and receive a ride home from a deputy.
The rides are free of charge and Keith noted that all the deputies giving residents a ride home, volunteer for the Safe Ride program. Patrol cars can carry up to three passengers and may be able to carry a group of friends from a party to their home.
Keith pointed out they will not give a ride from one party to the next, but will take individuals to their homes after the party is over. As a result, fewer motorists are risking the drive home after partying over-the-limit.
Our record has been extremely good over the past seven or eight years, Keith said
To receive a ride, call the department at 444-1412 and ask for a Safe Ride and Keith said the dispatcher will send a car to your location. You must give the address of your location and how many people will be riding with you, if any.
There are also safe options to getting home if Wilson County residents choose to celebrate in Downtown Nashville. The Davidson County Sheriffs Department is offering their Sober Ride program for the second year and can receive a ride at the bus station at Fifth Ave. and Broadway or Second Ave. and Church Street. This service is available from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
In addition to the Safe Ride program, Keith said the department will have numerous road blocks in place on New Years Eve and encouraged everyone to have a designated driver and to be sure not to drink and drive this weekend.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.