Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rensselaer County to provide a SAFE & FREE ride home on New Year's Eve

With Christmas now in the rear view mirror, New Year's Eve is rapidly approaching. Many of you will venture out for a night on the town or to a house party with family and friends. After the clock strikes 12 and the celebrations begin to wind down, how will you be getting home?

County Executive Kathy Jimino has announced that Rensselaer County, through its STOP-DWI program, will once again be providing its "SAFE RIDE" program to help prevent the tragedies that can occur when an individual chooses to drive drunk.

The “SAFE RIDE” program will help provide partygoers free and safe transportation home. Under the Safe Ride program, the County will partner with Netters Fund to provide partygoers free transportation within Rensselaer County from bars and restaurants to their homes only, on a first call first served basis. Netters Fund will once again partner with the County by supplementing the operation with free transportation by local cab companies from participating bars and restaurants. For a list of Netters Fund bars and restaurants please visit

As part of the joint operation the County will use 2 county owned vehicles that will be in operation from 11 p.m. New Years Eve until 2 a.m. New Years Day. The vehicles will be driven and dispatched by volunteers from various county agencies and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and staffed with Sheriffs Deputies. Those interested in receiving a free, safe ride home through the joint program are urged to call 518-266-7683 during those hours of operation.

Lets start the New Year off on the right foot please be safe and smart in your celebrations.


11:00 PM - 2:00 AM

CALL 518-266-7683

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