Program Tries to Reduce Drunk Driving

1 decade 4 years 8 months ago Saturday, December 03 2005 Dec 3, 2005 Saturday, December 03, 2005 8:05:06 AM CST December 03, 2005 in News

The Sober Driver Program and the Jefferson City police department put a mangled car in a Wal-Mart parking lot. They want to warn of the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Sober Driver Program started 21 years ago to help ensure impaired drivers don't get behind the wheel.

Before 2003, it was only available during the holiday season because celebrations created a large demand.

"Whenever someone just goes out for a holiday Christmas party or just to meet friends for a holiday cheer, they're not used to drinking and how it affects their bodies and how it affects their driving. But now, taxis are giving free rides all year long," said bartender Carmen Marsh.

From 2002 to 2003, the number of DWI's decreased 28% and some think the expansion of the sober driver program is why.

"We've seen an increase in ridership and with the decrease in the DWI's and the traffic accidents, I think that the proof is in the pudding that it's working," said Bernie Fetchel of Fetchel Beverage.

The program costs about a $1,000 a month and it provides more than 1,000 rides every year.

If you need a ride you can pick up a voucher at most Jefferson City bars or call 573-636-7102.

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