Free rides for intoxicated Grand Strand motorists

Published: Feb. 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM EST
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Police and local bars are getting ready for Super Bowl weekend.

Corporal Sonny Collins of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said there will be extra patrols on the road performing DUI checks near "historically active" drinking spots during the weekend, as well as additional patrols on interstates near residential areas.

Surfside Beach Police Chief Mike Frederick said Surfside Beach will also have extra patrols on the road this weekend.

As a result, many local bars and cab agencies are working to give motorists a hand.

Remedies Sports Bar and Grill in Myrtle Beach is one such bar participating in a program called "Safe Ride" run by Diamond Cab in Myrtle Beach. The program provides free rides home to intoxicated would-be motorists.

Joshua Rauzi of Diamond Cab, said their company hopes to keep motorists off the road if they have been drinking too much.

"There's no excuse to drink and drive if you have a free ride home," Rauzi said.

Remedies General Manager Jeremy Halpin said he thinks the Safe Ride program will help his customers enjoy the Super Bowl without having to worry about how they will get home.

"All you have to do is give your keys to the bartender," Halpin explained. "And you've got yourself a free ride home."

Diamond Cab extended the Safe Ride Program to include holidays such as Super Bowl weekend and Saint Patrick's Day after the success of the program during Christmas and New Years in 2011.

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