NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For nearly three decades, the Davidson County Sheriff's Office has offered free rides home on New Year's Eve to those who have had too much to drink and will do so again this year.
"With so many events going on downtown, our service is needed now more than ever," Sheriff Daron Hall said in a release sent to News 2. "It has become a Nashville tradition that we are proud to continue."
This is the 27th year the Sober Ride program has been in operation. Last year, over 1,200 people took advantage of the free service
All of the drivers are sheriff's office employees and many of the nearly 150 volunteers have made Sober Ride their New Year's Eve tradition year in and year out.
Due to the large concentration of people in the downtown area, Sober Ride bus stops will be located at Second Avenue and Commerce Street, on First Avenue near the Music City Star train station and Shelby Street pedestrian bridge, and at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.
"If you are near Second Avenue, you don't even have to call the number. Just go to one of the bus stops and you will get a ride from there," Hall continued. "We have found this is the most efficient way of getting people out of the congested downtown area."
From downtown, people will be taken by bus to LP Field, placed in smaller vehicles and then taken to their destination.
Drivers will only take people home or to a hotel, not to another party or bar.
Operating hours are from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
No reservations are allowed.
If you need a ride or for more information, call 615-862-RIDE or 615-862-7433.
Sober Ride suggests placing the number into cell phones before going out on New Year's Eve as the word "RIDE" does not correspond with 7433 on Blackberry's and cell phones with full size keyboards.
In Clarksville, New Year's Eve partygoers in need of a safe and sober ride home can take advantage of the city's Operation Safe Ride.
The Clarksville Transit System service runs from 11 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday and is only available within the Clarksville city limits.
Those in need of a ride should call 931-553-2429.
Several local police departments will have DUI checkpoints set up New Year's Eve.
In Gallatin, police will be teaming up with the Sumner County Sheriff's Department and the Highway Patrol to conduct checks on Highway 31, Greenlea Boulevard, Long Hollow Pike and Belvedere Drive.