Get a Free, and Safe, Ride Home This Weekend

Posted October 26, 2005 at 4:19pm

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer free rides to Halloween partygoers who need a safe way to get home.

The SoberRide program will be offered from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Oct. 29-31. Residents ages 21 and older can call (800) 200-TAXI for a free (up to $50 fare) ride. Cingular Wireless users can call #-TAXI for the service.

SoberRide is available in the District of Columbia; Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; and Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and eastern Loudoun counties in Virginia.

“Nearly twice as many people are killed by drunk drivers in this region during Halloween than on New Year’s Eve,” Kurt Erickson, president of WRAP, said in a statement.

Since 1993, WRAP has provided more than 30,000 free cab rides home to would-be impaired drivers.

For more information about WRAP’s SoberRide program, go online to www.soberride.com.

UVA Club Hosts Horton’s Kids Halloween Party

The University of Virginia Club of Washington, D.C., will help transform the Cannon House Office Building into a festive Halloween party Sunday afternoon.

Volunteers will meet at the Capitol South Metrorail stop at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 to set up for the “Horton’s Kids Halloween Party,” which will feature pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, decorating Halloween cookies and costumes.

A nonprofit group, Horton’s Kids provides after school tutoring, field trips, summer camps and holiday celebrations for more than 200 children in Ward 8.

For more information, e-mail service@dchoos.org.

— Amy Carlile and Elizabeth Brotherton