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A free taxi service is being offered to keep drunk drivers off the roads this holiday season.

SoberRide kicked off Dec. 14 and provides a free taxi ride home, up to $30, to customers ages 21 and older who have been drinking. It runs from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night to Tuesday, Jan. 1.

The program is provided by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, a nonprofit that works to prevent drunk driving. SoberRide, called one of the nation's most successful free cab ride programs for would-be impaired drivers, has helped to ensure greater Washington, D.C., residents have a safe way home on high-risk holidays. Since 1993, SoberRide has provided more than 55,851 safe rides home, according to the organization.

Currently, SoberRide operates during the December/January holiday season, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July and Halloween.

You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service.

All calls must originate in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; the cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt and Takoma Park in Maryland; the District of Columbia; Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Eastern Loudoun counties in Virginia; and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park in Virginia.

You cannot reserve a SoberRide or schedule a pickup in advance. To receive a ride, you must call 1-800-200-8294 (TAXI) during the program hours. A SoberRide call operator will direct your request to the correct participating cab company. AT&T customers may dial #WRAP from their wireless phones.

Callers are financially responsible for anything more than a $30 fare. When waiting for a SoberRide, please watch for a cab from the participating taxi company in the area from which you are calling.

Participating Taxi Companies:

— Alexandria Yellow Cab (Alexandria)

— Barwood, Inc. (Montgomery County)

— Fairfax Yellow Cab (Fairfax County)

— Loudoun Yellow Cab (Eastern Loudoun County)

— Manassas Cab Company (Prince William County)

— Red Top Cab Company (Arlington County)

— Silver Cab of Prince George’s County (Prince George’s County)

— Yellow Cab of District of Columbia (District of Columbia)

— Yellow Cab of Prince William County (Prince William County)