Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. announced today that with support from the Heidelberg Distributing Company/Budweiser, and Key-Ads, the ArriveSafe program will return for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The ArriveSafe program was suspended due to the pandemic in 2020.
A new and exciting enhancement to the program is the announcement that ArriveSafe will now be providing Uber rides. The program will work the same as in past years – those who have been celebrating with alcohol can call 937-449-9999 and give the operator their name, a cellphone number, and their pick-up and drop-off locations. The operator will dispatch an Uber driver to get them home safely. The caller doesn’t even need to have the Uber app on their phone – they will receive text messages with information about their Uber ride.
Prosecutor Heck said, “People are gathering again and celebrating the holidays with their family and friends. Recently it has been reported that there has been a marked increase in traffic crashes in the area for several reasons, including impaired and distracted drivers. There is simply no excuse for driving while impaired this Thanksgiving weekend. Either have a sober designated driver or call ArriveSafe to get you home safely.”
ArriveSafe will be offering free cab rides home for Montgomery County residents from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021, through 6:00 a.m. Sunday, November 28, 2021.
Prosecutor Heck added, “Don’t risk spending your Thanksgiving weekend in jail or worse, in the emergency room! Call ArriveSafe for a free Uber ride home.”