Safe rides home again offered

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Five south suburbs have again joined forces to reduce the number of drunk drivers traveling on New Year’s Eve.

The village of Orland Park has offered the Safe Ride Home Program for nearly 20 years, with Palos Heights, Mokena, Tinley Park and New Lenox all coming on board.

The program is funded by each of the participating municipalities and with a $1,500 grant from the Michael P. Gordon Memorial Foundation.

Free rides home from establishments within the participating towns will be available beginning at 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31 until 4 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1. Drivers will transport revelers home and not to other establishments.

Residents of the participating towns may call Carey Limousine Chicago, Inc at 1-800-752-5400 to arrange for a free ride home during the designated hours on New Year’s Eve.

Here, Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy (left) joins Palos Heights Deputy Chief Bill Czajkowski; Mokena Community Relations Officer Dennis Boardman; New Lenox Community Relations Officer Aurena Davis and Carey Limousine Chicago’s Laura Pogvara to promote the 2010 Safe Ride Home Program.

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