By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post
Everyone knows that there will be parties everywhere on Dec. 31 as people ring in the New Year with copious amounts of alcohol.
It’s all fun and games until the party ends, and those people who were drinking have to get home.
This year, as in years past, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department will be offering free rides home for people who have partied too hard on New Year’s Eve. The “Safe Ride Program” is meant to keep drunk drivers off of the road.
“This is a great program,” said Sgt. Beverly Byrd, of the WCSD “We don’t care what they have been doing. We just want to take them home.”
Byrd said that the department’s reserve officers will be going around the county to pick up people from parties from 8 p.m., New Year’s Eve, to 3 a.m., New Year’s Day. She added that they work with other counties as well.
“If a Wilson County resident is in Davidson County and drunk, they will pick up the person and drive them to the county line where we will take them the rest of the way home,” Byrd said. “We’re also working with other surrounding counties and will take their residents to the county line for them to pick up.”
The service is free and also does not cost the county any money as the reserve officers do it as a volunteer service and do not get paid.
“I don’t know the exact facts,” Byrd said, “but this program has greatly reduced the amount of alcohol-related accidents in Wilson County.”
So remember, if you are at a nightclub or a private party and you need a ride home, call the Sheriff’s Department at 444-1412, ask for Safe Ride, and tell them where you are and how many people are in your party.
Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.