UPDATED: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 2:42pm
Waco, Tx — With the end of the year just around the corner, many people are looking forward to bringing in 2013 with a bang. However, we must always remember to do it responsibly, and that includes not driving drunk. Officials urge safe rides, which are the cheapest way to save lives this holiday season.
The New Year's holiday is almost here, and already Waco Transit is working to ensure everyone brings in the New Year responsibly, by offering safe rides. This system allows everyone within five miles of the Waco area to arrange a free ride to and from parties, in order to avoid drunk drivers hitting the roadways. Tow King will also be available to tow your vehicle home, free of charge.
“People, they’re drinking and they don’t realize how much they’ve had. So, we’re aware now that with education, that even a little bit impairs your driving,” said Erin Venable, Marketing Director for Waco Transit.
The program began in 2006 with barely ten people participating. Now, Waco Transit reports as many as 400 people request rides.
Barnett's Pub owner, Tom Chase, says not only does he advocate the rides, but he also monitors patrons while consuming alcohol in his restaurant.
“We try to keep a good eye over the pub to ensure that people are acting responsibly,” said Chase.
To bring the issue closer to home this year, Waco Transit held an essay contest with local schools, asking children what a safe ride means to them.
“If your parents don’t get home safely, you won’t have someone to take care of you and watch you do fun stuff,” said fourth grade Bosqueville Elementary School essay contest winner, Basiley Blanco.
Officials hope it will serve as a powerful attention getter.
“Maybe an adult will pick up the paper that day and say, you know, this is what it looks like through the eyes of a kid,” said Venable.
You can reserve a ride all next week or as late as New Year’s Eve. Just call (254) 750-1620 for more information.