Free taxi rides for those drinking this holiday season

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Sunday, December 15, 2013

Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) - Just one call could save your life.

"We'll call Yellow Cab and we'll schedule the pick up," said Terry Childers.

It's a present, he and Bradford Health Services, is giving drivers this year.

"Main thing is that we want to keep the road, try to keep the roads a little safer this holiday season," Childers said.

His business is giving away free taxi rides starting Sunday, December 15 through the first of the year.

This comes after 16 DUI arrests were made Friday night and deputies faced a more serious situation Saturday night.

"Traffic division actually made five arrests for DUI's however, unfortunately we also had one DUI accident which resulted in a fatality," said Lt. Lewis Blanchard with the Richmond County Sheriffs Office.

It happened right off of Bobby Jones Expressway at Wrightsboro Road. That death was alcohol related

"If we can save one life or have one person get some help, you know it will be worth it," said Childers.

And as the drinks are poured, businesses in downtown will be seeing the benefits as well.

"It would be great for them to know they have an alternative choice then not coming out at all," said Faye Walker, a manager at the Cotton Patch.

She says business at the Cotton Patch has been dry lately, all because of Operation Thunder.

"I think people were afraid to come out," said Walker.

But now, she says the alternative could bring business back.

"If they drink a little too much, we can call them a cab," said Walker. "We want people to be safe, to get home to their loved ones."

Bradford's Free Ride home will be provided within a 30 mile radius, and you must be 21 years or older to use this service.

For more information, call Bradford Health Services at 706-854-1126.

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