The Davidson County Sheriff's Office will again offer safe, sober rides home to partygoers this St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Sober rides will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
“When we realized a few weeks ago that the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament will be taking place St. Patrick's Day weekend and there is a downtown bash planned for both Saturday and Sunday, we made the decision to offer sober rides on both nights,” Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall explained.
Those looking for a free, safe and sober ride this St. Patrick's Day weekend in the downtown area, should go to the 3rd and Broadway pick-up location. No questions asked.
The program only serves Davidson County.
During last year's St. Patrick's Day Sober Ride event, 115 volunteers took more than 750 people home and traveled nearly 4,000 miles within Davidson County.
“We want visitors enjoying themselves and we want locals to do the same. What we don't want are people making the poor choice of drinking and driving,” Hall said. “As always, Metro police are prepared to arrest drunk drivers and we don't want a bad decision to cause someone to spend the night in jail or cause a crash that injures or kills someone.”
Metro police officers, along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, also plan to step up enforcement this holiday weekend.
On Friday night a DUI checkpoint is planned for Lebanon Pike in the Hermitage area and is a among the special DUI related enforcement strategies that will be in effect this weekend due to St. Patrick Day celebrations.
Additional officers will also be on the roadway Saturday night into early Sunday morning looking for impaired, distracted and speeding motorists.
Last year, 26 persons were arrested in Nashville for DUI between 3 p.m. March 17 and 6 a.m. March 18.