Albany County offers free rides, cut rates home again for New Year's Eve

December 31, 2017 04:40 PM

Free rides and cut rates -- that's what's being offered for this New Year's Eve "Safe Rides" program in Albany County. It's an annual push to keep a string of no alcohol-related fatalities that's lasted for 33 straight years.

"Please, don't become a statistic, and enjoy the holiday," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.

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As the holiday week continues, the Albany County Sheriff, along with the law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, plus reps from Uber, Lyft, CDTA and DeCrescente Distributors are all working to provide safe options.

"If you have to think about it – 'am I, am I not,' get on a bus, get in a cab, walk. Do anything. Do not drive," said CDTA CEO Carm Basile.

"There should be no reason why when you go out that you shouldn't say, 'I'm going to go out, drink responsibly, have a good time,' but use one of these outlets so that you can get home safe," explained Daniel D'Agostino with Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP.

The Albany County STOP-DWI Program has organized the "Safe Ride" initiative for the past 33 years to help those celebrating in Albany County get home safely. Since its inception, there has not been an alcohol-related fatality in Albany County on New Year's Eve.

"Sometimes it's [a] complacency issue, people become comfortable or 'I've only got one mile to go,' or 'I've only had two drinks in two hours so I'm OK.' Again, if you have to think about it, there's no reason to do it. Just contact CDTA, contact Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, Uber, Lyft, whatever. $20 off new users, 50 percent off existing users. You can get home most places in the Capital District for $10 based on that," pointed out Apple.

Both Uber and Lyft are offering credits.

More information:

Albany County Stop DWI


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