The Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) will sponsor its annual Free New Year's Eve Safe Ride program from 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 until 3 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1.
According to Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, New Year's Eve revelers can call (615) 444-1412 and ask for a safe ride to obtain a free ride home from any part of Wilson County.
"This does not include a ride to another party or any stops on the way home," Bryan added. "We just want to make sure all our citizens are safe on the roads."
WCSO Maj. Lance Howell, who took over the program this year, pointed out that the sheriff's office provides the services through its Wilson County Reserve Officers, all of whom volunteer their time. Maj. Gary Keith began the Safe Ride program several years ago. Since that time, the sheriff's office has seen a decline in accidents with injuries, deaths and arrests associated with drinking and driving.
"We encourage you to use this service," Howell said. "It doesn't matter how many people there are in your party. If you need more than one vehicle, we will take care of that at no cost."
WCSO officers and volunteers have already begun posting information throughout the county to ensure people know the service is available.
"We encourage everyone in Wilson County to have a good time ringing in the New Year, but we just want to make sure everyone out there does so in a safe manner," Bryan said. "This is one of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to drinking and driving. It is not safe for you or anyone on the streets if you decide to drive after drinking alcohol, even a small amount. All it takes is a single phone call to get a free ride home. Please take advantage of it."
Bryan thanked Lee & Lee Attorneys, who will provide food for the volunteer officers, for their service to the community.