Woodstock police partners with 'Operation Safe Ride' - CBS46 News

Woodstock police partners with 'Operation Safe Ride'

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Operation Safe Ride has provided more than 300 safe rides home from New Year's Eve celebrations over the past four years.

The Woodstock Police Department offers bar patrons who may be impaired a free ride home from local bars.

"Driving while impaired is a very serious situation," said Cpl. Randy Milligan.

The department has a 15-passenger van operated by police officers to drive people home.

This is the fifth year of the program and the second for Neese Towing.

Working with police, the towing company will tow the impaired motorist's cars home for free.

"It makes me feel good, because if my family is out there and someone calls in, I know that they're being responsible people," said Scott Prater with Neese Towing.

Anyone needing a ride must be able to establish that they live in the Woodstock city limits and live a reasonable distance. They must also be able to prove they don't have money to take a taxi.

"The main reason for this operation is to ensure that residents can celebrate the holiday, but not endanger the lives of others by driving impaired," said Lt. Troy Brazie.

Anyone interested in a ride home on New Year's Eve can call 678-614-9104.

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