Free cab will get New Year's revelers home safely

Dana Distributors offers its annual Alert Cab program in Orange, Rockland, and Sullivan

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— Have you ever driven yourself to a bar only to find, several drinks later, that you are no longer fit to get back behind the wheel?

If that happens to you this New Year's Eve, don't worry. You can get a free cab ride home, thanks to Dana Distributors, a beer distributor in Goshen, and Anheuser-Busch.

Their annual Alert Cab program aims to get revelers in Orange, Rockland, and Sullivan counties home safely from their New Year's celebrations, and to protect everyone on the road from drunk drivers. Dana Distributors hopes it will encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity to patronize local bars and restaurants.

"This will give adult consumers an alternative to getting home safely," said Tom Kennedy, Dana Distributors' general sales manager and corporate social responsibility coordinator.

The service will be offered from 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, through 4 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1. The free cab will bring people home from bars or clubs within a 10-mile radius.

The patron must surrender his or her keys to the bartender to get the free service. To find out more, contact your local bartender or server.

During the past 28 years, Dana Distributors has donated about 1,200 free, safe rides home on special occasions, including the Super Bowl, St. Patrick's Day, the night before Thanksgiving, and New Year's Eve. So far this year, the company's Alert Cab program has gotten 113 people home, safe and sound.

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