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Drinking and Driving Is Not the Way to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner

Each year on March 17, everyone claims to be Irish. Unfortunately, too many drivers also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking and driving.  In recent years, St. Patrick’s Day has surpassed other holidays as one of the most dangerous for automobile accidents related to alcohol-related drivers.

Many police departments increase their visibility during the celebrations and encourage community involvement through alternative transportation, designated drivers and responsible beverage service. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a publication, “Community-Based Impaired-Driving Programs: Local Ordinances and Other Strategies Addressing Impaired Driving,” to address the increasing problems of excess drinking during high-risk holidays.

Saint Patricks Day

One of the most successful on-going programs in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area is SoberRide. It is sponsored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) and offers free cab rides for impaired drivers.  Listed below in its entirety for our readers is the announcement for WRAP’s 2013 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide@ Campaign.

“WRAP’s 2013 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide program will be offered on Sunday, March17, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 4:00 am on Monday, March 18, 2013.  To receive a free cab ride home (up to a $30.00 fare), please call 800-200-8294 (TAXI). AT&T customers may dial #WRAP from their wireless phones. Please refer to the SoberRide information listed below for important details concerning this program.  You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service

Important note:  All requests for SoberRide service must be called to and dispatched from 1-800-200-8294.  Do not call a taxi company directly for SoberRide service as the ride will not be covered under this program.

General SoberRide Information

WRAP’s SoberRide , called one of the nation’s most successful free cab ride programs for would-be impaired drivers, has helped to ensure greater Washington, DC residents have a safe way home on high-risk holidays. Since 1993, WRAP has provided over 57,778 safe rides home.

Currently, SoberRide operates during the December/January holiday season, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day and Halloween.

WRAP’s SoberRide provides a free cab ride home up to a $30 fare. Callers are financially responsible for anything over $30.

You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service. All calls must originate in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; the Cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt and Takoma Park in Maryland; the District of Columbia; Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Eastern Loudoun Counties in Virginia; and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park in Virginia.

You cannot reserve a SoberRide or schedule a pickup in advance. To receive a ride, you must call 1-800-200-8294 (TAXI) during the program hours. A SoberRide call operator will direct your request to the correct participating cab company.

Participating Taxi Companies: Alexandria Yellow Cab (Alexandria) Barwood, Inc. (Montgomery County) Fairfax Yellow Cab (Fairfax County) Loudoun Yellow Cab (Eastern Loudoun County) Manassas Cab Company (Prince William County) Red Top Cab Company (Arlington County) Silver Cab of Prince George’s County (Prince George’s County) Yellow Cab of District of Columbia (District of Columbia)Yellow Cab of Prince William County (Prince William County)

When waiting for a SoberRide, please watch for a cab from the participating taxi company in the area from which you are calling.”

Keep the Luck of the Irish alive for you and everyone else.  Don’t drink and drive.

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About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney and Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association has recently named him the ” 2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year“.  He has also been acknowledged by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all of the more than 80,000 lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also acknowledged him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in medical malpractice matters, product liability claims, and serious automobile accident claims. Mr. Zambri was recently (2013 edition) acknowledged as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers in both medical malpractice and personal injury law, and has also been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine (2013)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in the country.

Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to present seminars to lawyers and doctors, as well as both medical and law students concerning defective drugs, medication errors, medical malpractice litigation, and safety improvements.

If you have any questions about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at [email protected].  You may also reach him at 202-822-1899.


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