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Davidson Co. Sheriff's Office offers free, safe rides for New Year's Eve

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Volunteers with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office will offer safe rides home for New Year's Eve party-goers in Nashville this year.

DCSO employees are volunteering to give free, sober rides home for the 35th year in a row.

Where/When/How to get a safe ride

Anyone in the downtown Nashville area on New Year's Eve can head to the safe ride pick-up area at Second Avenue South and Broadway on New Years Eve. Folks celebrating at Bicentennial Mall can get a safe ride from a pick-up location at Fourth Avenue North and Harrison Street.

The DCSO said drivers will take people to homes or hotels only in the Davidson County area. They will not drive to other parties or bars.

The sober rides will be offered from 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 2 a.m. on New Years Day. The DCSO does not take reservations for rides.

“Nashville is a destination city for New Year’s Eve, so we will have thousands of tourists and locals celebrating," Sheriff Daron Hall said. "For the second year, Keith Urban will headline the Bicentennial Mall event, dubbed ‘Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville,’ so we expect a large crowd there as well as on Broadway. We want everyone to have a fantastic night; however, the most important decision you can make this holiday – or any day for that matter – is to not drink and drive. Anyone drinking this New Year’s Eve should choose a sober ride, arrive home safely, and stay out of our jail.”

Hall said crowds are expected to be well over 150,000 people at some of Music City's biggest celebrations. Last year, DCSO volunteers gave safe rides to nearly 400 people.

“For 35 years now, employees from the sheriff’s office have offered sober rides home to those who have had too much to drink,” Hall said. “All you have to do is go to the pick-up location nearest to you. The Sober Ride program is a Nashville tradition and we are proud to continue offering this free service year after year. Residents and visitors alike should make the right decision and choose a sober ride.”

Hall encouraged any party-goers on New Year's Eve to have a safe ride home planned, whether it's a taxi, sober friend, or ride-sharing company. Click here for a guide to celebrating New Year's Eve in Nashville.

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