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 Shamrock (3 Leaf Clover) Souvenirs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2015

Warwick, RI-

Colonel Stephen M. McCartney and the Community Services Division of the Warwick Police Department would like to announce that it has a successful first annual Safe Rides Program on St. Patrick’s Day.  The Safe Rides Program was conducted in collaboration with the Warwick Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and its goal was to reduce DUI related crashes, reduce incidents of drunk driving, and offer residents an alternative to being arrested for DUI on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in the City of Warwick. Bars and liquor serving establishments throughout Warwick were notified of the program and were encouraged to promote their patrons to utilize the service.        

Residents were urged to call 401-468-4200 for a ride anytime between the hours of 12 noon and midnight on St. Patrick’s Day. Citizen volunteers were dispatched to various establishments in the City to provide citizens a safe free ride home. This year, volunteers provided six (6) people free and safe rides home in an effort to reduce drinking and driving within the City.

“Although the numbers were lower than we had hoped, even one person who gets home safely and doesn’t get behind the wheel after drinking too much is a success” said Lt Michael Gilbert.    

The Safe Rides Program was the idea of Community Police Sgt John Kelly who worked closely in conjunction with members of the Warwick Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association to make the program happen. Future programs such as this one are being considered for other holidays such as New Years Eve.    

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2015

Warwick, RI-

Colonel Stephen M. McCartney and the Community Services Division of the Warwick Police Department would like to notify its residents about an important effort called the Safe Rides Program. The Safe Rides Program is being conducted in collaboration with the Warwick Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and its goal is to reduce DUI related crashes, reduce incidents of drunk driving, and offer residents an alternative to being arrested for DUI on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in the City of Warwick. Bars and liquor serving establishments throughout Warwick will be notified of the program and are encouraged to promote their patrons to utilize the service.    

Residents are urged to call 401-468-4200 for a ride anytime between the hours of 12 noon and midnight on St. Patrick’s Day. Citizen volunteers will be dispatched to any establishment in the City and provide citizens a safe free ride home anywhere within the City of Warwick if they have had too much to drink.

For more information about the Safe Rides Program, please go to the Warwick Police Department web-site; or contact Community Police Sgt John Kelly at 401-468-4319

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