Providence firefighters offering free rides for New Year’s

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence Firefighters announced that they will once again be offering free rides home for city residents on New Year’s Eve.

This is a part of their annual “Safe Ride” program to prevent impaired driving, and will be offered from 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, until 7 a.m. Jan. 1.

Rides will be offered from local bars and restaurants to any private residence in the city.

Providence residents in need of a ride home from New Year’s festivities should call 833-PVD-RIDE.

The service will be run by a limited number of off-duty firefighters, so those looking to catch a ride from them may experience delays and are asked to plan accordingly.

ABC 6 News reported on the first “Safe Ride Program,” where participating firefighters said the free rides are a big help for them, too, because the more people they can stop from drunk driving, the better the chances they won’t have to go out on a tragic call.

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