County Program Offers $20 Gift Cards for Designated Driver Service

County Program Offers $20 Gift Cards for Designated Driver Service

Safe ride initiative aims to keep drunken drivers off roadways during holidays

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Courtesy of Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control

Montgomery County and a local transportation service are joining forces to keep drunken motorists off the road this holiday season by giving away gift cards that can be used to hire a designated driver.

The service, called Dryver, provides professional designated drivers who can get behind the wheel of their clients’ cars and take them safely home. The county’s Department of Liquor Control on Thursday announced the launch of the Holiday Rides program, which will hand out $20 gift cards for Dryver and offer individuals up to 10 discounts of $5 apiece for trips with the ride-sharing service, Lyft.

The gift cards – one per person – will be available as of Thursday at the DLC’s 26 liquor stores. People can also enter the promotional code “MOCODLC” into the Dryver smartphone application to take advantage of the $20 offer, said Emily DeTitta, DLC licensing and outreach manager.

Dryver charges between $14 and $19.50 per hour for its services and provides car pickup for $25 plus mileage for revelers who catch a ride home in a separate vehicle, DeTitta said.

Holiday Rides developed from a partnership that includes the liquor control department, Dryver, Lyft and the Montgomery County Police Department.

“Using a cab or designated driver service is a far safer and cheaper option than being transported by a police officer,” police Chief J. Thomas Manager said in the press release.

The transportation services of both Dryver and Lyft are available through a smartphone application.

The Holiday Rides program will extend through the winter season, the release stated.

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