Free rides to be offered in BG for New Year's revelers PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 30 December 2013 12:44
Lt. Jerrod Savidge of Bowling Green’s Ohio Highway Patrol post (right) speaks to the media while Maj. Tony Hetrick of the Bowling Green Police Department looks on during a press conference. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
New Year’s revelers who may have taken in too much holiday cheer can get a free ride home thanks to a new program in Bowling Green.
The program, “Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride,” sponsored by Safe Communities of Wood County, is the result of partnerships among more than 20 local law enforcement agencies, wrecker companies, bars, and other organizations, including Bowling Green’s Downtown Business Association and the AAA.
Free transportation will be available from 6 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday to persons who reside within 10 miles of Bowling Green. Tipsy Tow, sponsored by AAA Northwest Ohio, will also be available.
Those wishing to get a ride can call 419-819-5315. Tipsy Tow may be contacted at 1-800-AAA-HELP.
Lt. Jerrod Savidge of Bowling Green’s Ohio Highway Patrol post, said that a similar program was started in previous years in Findlay, but the difference between that program and this new one is the large amount of participation from wrecker drivers – who, Savidge noted, would be losing some business due to the effort – and bar owners. 
Eleven bars and four city wrecker businesses are taking part. Also partnering are the Bowling Green Police Division, the OHSP, Bowling Green State University Police, Super Cab, and the BGSU Shuttle service.
“Not all communities can work together as we have in this instance,” said Maj. Tony Hetrick of the BGPD.
“We just want to make sure we protect the people who aren’t drunk driving,” said Savidge.
“Really, there is absolutely no excuse for anybody” to drink and drive over the holiday with this program, said Hetrick.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Wood County will be on alert over the New Year’s holiday for drunk drivers and other offenses.
Figures provided by Sandy Weichman of Safe Communities of Wood County note that drunk driving crashes and deaths are on the decline in the area.
To date, three people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Wood County this year, compared to six last year.
There have been 37 alcohol-related injury crashes in 2013, compared to 48 in 2012. Further, the total number of alcohol-related crashes in 2013 stands at 81. There were 125 such crashes in 2012.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 09:54

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