Provide A Ride is working to reverse the drunk driving numbers to save more lives.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - Drunk drivers killed 224 people in Virginia in 2011, but there's a local group working to reverse the numbers to save more lives.
"This was a positive way to do something to improve the community and improve the situation with alcohol," says Provide A Ride Founder Wes White.
White created Provide A Ride in October 2012 raising money to pay for one Napoleon Taxi fare at a time.
Napoleon Taxi does the driving. Local businesses and festivals make the call so drinkers don't get behind the wheel.
"We're all about providing that service to the RVA because we love RVA that's what we do,” says Dawn Looney of Napoleon Taxi.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has been a partner since day one.
"While we certainly want to have a fun environment, safety is paramount and of importance to us," says President & Co-Founder Eric McKay.
Free rides are offered now, but plans for expansion are in the works, like a rewards program for designated drivers.
There's also a push for a plan a ride component at weddings and other events where alcohol is served.
"Most people don't go out with the idea they're going to drink, get drunk and drive home,” White says. “They go out to get a drink or two things happen, they have more drinks, meet a friend and the next thing you know they still have a car."
This year Provide A Ride wants to pay for 1,500 fares, helping as many as 3,000 people get home. Plus, it keeps the streets safer.
"It's been a concept we've been very supportive of and grateful to have right here in Richmond," McKay says.
Provide A Ride will be at several events this month including Shamrock The Block and the Irish Festival.