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Free Lyft rides program returns next week to combat drunk driving

A multi-frame exposure of fireworks over Arlington’s Westover on July 4th (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

This upcoming Independence Day, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is bringing back the SoberRide program.

The program runs from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4th, to 4 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5.

“During this twelve-hour period, area residents ages 21 and older celebrating with alcohol may download the Lyft app to their phones then enter the SoberRide® code in the app’s ‘Payment’ tab (under the ‘Add Lyft Pass’ option) to receive their no-cost (up to $15) safe transportation home,” WRAP said in a release. “WRAP’s 2023 Independence Day SoberRideⓇ promo code will be posted at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4th on www.SoberRide.com.”

Last year, 435 people used SoberRide on the 4th of July.

“Nearly 40% of U.S. traffic fatalities during the Independence Day holiday involve drunk drivers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” said Kurt Erickson, WRAP’s president, said in the release. “And July 4th’s nighttime hours are of particular concern as 82% of fatal drunk driving crashes in the U.S. during the Independence Day holiday occur at night.”

As another quick safety reminder: fireworks are allowed in Fairfax and Arlington but not in Alexandria.

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