Woodstock police will offer free rides home to patrons of drinking establishments in the city who feel they’ve had too much to imbibe on New Year’s Eve. AJC FILE

Woodstock to offer free rides home New Year’s Eve

For the ninth year, the Woodstock Police Department will offer “Operation Safe Ride” – free rides home from local bars on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s morning to patrons who may be impaired or feel they are unsafe to drive.

Operation Safe Ride will run from 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 3 a.m. New Year’s Day. To arrange for a ride: 404-740-4502.

The service is for anyone at an alcohol-serving establishment in Woodstock, who lives within a reasonable driving distance of the city, officials said. Also this year, Neese Towing will offer to tow vehicles home free of charge.

The service has provided more than 350 rides home. It involves two police officers and a 15-passenger van.

“The main reason for this operation is to ensure that residents can celebrate the holiday, but not endanger the lives of others by driving impaired,” said Capt. Mark Hand, field operations division commander. “The officers enjoy interacting with all of the residents and meeting new people. It is a way for us to get out in the community while making the streets of Woodstock safer.”

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