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Get a Free Ride Home after Celebrations

It's the time of year for parties and celebrations, but getting behind the wheel after drinking is a bad idea. One organization guarantees you get home safe.

The Chandler Law Group says your decision after drinking should be simple: get a cab and they'll pay the tab! They're offering free cab rides home within a 10-mile radius of Charlottesville. It's the 18 th year the group has offered a safe ride home.    

You may say it won't happen to you, but fast forward and imagine the consequences of drinking and driving.           

"You wake up, you've got a headache and you're in jail, because you got a DUI last night...and then it'll haunt you for a long time knowing you could have a safe ride home just by picking up the telephone," said David Kendall with the Chandler Law Group.

With one phone call, you'll be protecting yourself and everyone else who may be on the road.     

"Drunk drivers impact all across the board in their community.  Certainly, they themselves aren't the only ones that get injured. I mean, there are other folks that get hurt," insisted Richard Hudson with the Charlottesville Police Department.

The program starts today and runs through New Year's Day. If you are going to take advantage of the offer, all you have to do is mention the Safe Ride Home program when you call for a cab.     

For a complete list of cab companies taking part in the program, view the list below.

Location Cab Company Phone Number
Charlottesville Yellow Cab 295-4131
Fredericksburg Hilldrup Taxi 373-8294
Fredericksburg Virginia Cab 373-8555
Front Royal Elwood's Cab 683-1305 or 631-1306
Harrisonburg Yellow Cab 434-2515
Staunton City Cab  886-3471 
Waynesboro Al's Cab 949-8245
Winchester Taxi USA 662-1199

Unfortunately, there's been an increase in alcohol related accidents and fatalities across Virginia from 2005 to 2006. According to the DMV, the total number of crashes is up about 2 percent. There was a 16 percent fatality increase during that same period of time.

Reported by Jenn McDaniel
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