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St. Patrick's Day Sober Ride Event Operates Two Days This Year

Jesse Perry

St. Patrick’s Day Sober Ride Event Operates Two Days This Year


CONTACT: Karla West

Davidson County Sheriff’s Office volunteers will offer rides Saturday, March 16, and St. Patrick’s Day, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the tenth straight year, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office employee volunteers plan to make the streets of Nashville safer on a holiday that is known for its green beer and, this year, SEC basketball. On a day when everyone is Irish, the 2013 celebration includes a weekend of fun; creating the need for an expanded Sober Ride project.

“When we realized a few weeks ago that the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be taking place St. Patrick’s Day weekend and there is a downtown bash planned for both Saturday and Sunday, we made the decision to offer sober rides on both nights,” Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said. “There will be a lot of people visiting from out of town as well as Nashvillians who will be downtown enjoying themselves. We want to make sure there is a free and safe alternative for those who have had too much to drink.”
During last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Sober Ride event, 115 volunteers took more than 750 people home and traveled nearly 4,000 miles within Davidson County. No alcohol-related fatalities were reported. Hall reminds those out celebrating not to end up in jail or worse.

“We want visitors enjoying themselves and we want locals to do the same. What we don’t want are people making the poor choice of drinking and driving,” Hall said. “As always, Metro Police are prepared to arrest drunk drivers and we don’t want a bad decision to cause someone to spend the night in jail or cause a crash that injures or kills someone.”

Those looking for a free, safe, and sober ride this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the downtown area, should go to the 3rd and Broadway pick-up location. No questions asked rides will be available between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., March 16 and 17; serving Davidson County only.