Firefighters offer ‘Safe Night’ on New Year’s Eve

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence firefighters’ union will be implementing a “safe night” on New Year’s Eve in order to prevent people from drinking and driving.

IAFF Local 799 will be offering rides home to patrons beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m. The free rides will be available from bars and restaurants to private residences within city limits, and will be offered until 7 a.m. on Friday.

“We are sworn to keep city residents safe, and take that oath very seriously,” said Paul Doughty, President of Providence Fire Fighters IAFF Local 799. “We are launching Safe Night in an effort to cut down on the number of potential drunk driving accidents by offering free rides from Providence bars and restaurants to residents who may not be able to make it home safely on their own.”

This will be the first year for the Safe Night program, and because a limited number of off-duty firefighters will be available to offer rides, delays can be expected.

For a safe ride home, citizens should call (401) 272-7999.

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