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Nearly 250 Sober Rides In Davidson County For St. Patrick's Day

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Nearly 250 Sober Rides In Davidson County For St. Patrick's Day

CREATED Mar 18, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Davidson County Sheriff's Office said they gave rides to 245 people Monday night who were too impaired to drive home.

The Department said 85 volunteers took home the St. Patrick's Day revelers between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Pick-up locations included Second Avenue and Broadway; Demonbreun near the roundabout; Five Points in East Nashville; and a location in Midtown on Division Street.

"We move every year; look around to see where the new places are (to see) what's going on in the areas. We just want to make sure the folks know we're out there," said Sheriff Daron Hall. "The establishments are very familiar with us and know to advise folks where to go. There will be tents and vests and t-shirts and flags so you really can't miss us."

Last year, nearly 100 volunteers gave up their time to make sure the streets of Nashville were safe. About 700 people were driven home.

"We'll put you in a vehicle, take you home, no questions asked. We're not interested in what you're doing or who you're doing it with," said Sheriff Hall. "We're just going to take you to your residence or where you'll finish the night." 

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out in extra force looking for drunk drivers and seatbelt violators.

Last year, 13 people were killed on Tennessee roads over the Saint Patrick's Day weekend.