- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — A program that offers free cab rides home to people in the Washington region who have been drinking too much around certain holidays has been salvaged for Independence Day.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide program was in jeopardy due to declining contributions from donors and a 60 percent increase in ridership since 2008.

Kurt Erickson, president of the McLean, Va.-based organization, says the group had to fill a $31,000 gap in its current year funding.

Big contributors helped saved the program. MillerCoors gave $15,000. GEICO and the Century Council each gave $5,000, and the Restaurant Association of Washington contributed $2,000. The group also received a number of smaller donations.

** FILE ** This July 4, 2008 file photo shows fireworks as they burst in the night sky of Bullard, Texas as part of its Independence Day celebration.  (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman, FILE) A program that offers free cab rides home to people in the Washington region who have been drinking too much around certain holidays has been salvaged for Independence Day.
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