I do not know much about the origins of this program but I can say it is very welcome in our community of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. It is my understanding that the local Tavern League has worked with the State of Wisconsin to coordinate and obtain funding for the Safe Ride Home program. Members of the Tavern League provide vouchers for patrons that wish to take a cab home rather than drive their own vehicles. To take advantage of the program, simply ask your bartender. The cab fare is free with the voucher provided by the tavern. (You should tip the cab driver as a matter of goodwill, after all, your ride was free.)
What a great idea!! Finally a positive step to help folks avoid the OWI charges. This is the kind of thing that a government (of and for the people) can and should do if it wants casual, social and even hardline drinkers to avoid driving home. It is still an inconvenience for the patron since he or she still needs to go back and get the car the next day. At least the free ride takes some of the finacial sting out of it and promotes awareness that the government wants to help rather than simply punish. Although the Safe Ride Home program doesn't excuse the injustice of the BAC law monster, it does make it a little easier to avoid its jaws.
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