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WCSD gears up for 'Safe Ride' program

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WCSD chaplain Don Willis / Dallus Whitfield photo

No matter which New Year’s Eve bash you choose to attend, Sheriff Robert Bryan and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department want to make sure you arrive home alive in 2014.

According to, the Mothers against Drunk Driving website, 10,322 people were killed and 345,000 were injured in alcohol-related traffic accidents throughout 2012. Nearly one million individuals nationwide were arrested for driving-under-the-influence.

That is why the WCSD is once again sponsoring a Safe Ride Program beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, and continuing through 3 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Major Gary Keith said the department has offered safe rides home from any Wilson County party – with no questions asked – for the past eight years. The program operates at no expense to the county by utilizing reserve officers, who are unpaid trained volunteers.

All party-goers have to do is call 444-1412 and ask to be picked up from their public soirees or residential parties.

“It has always worked well for us,” Keith said. “We have had years where we have picked up as many as 130 people and years where it has been as few as 50. We are more than glad to give them a ride home from any party in Wilson County.”

Keith said five or more vehicles will be in operation during the Safe Ride hours.

“We have been passing out information at local bars this week to spread the word,” he added. “We are fortunate to be able to offer this program.”

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