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“Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride”

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Parties are still going strong this Saint Patrick's Day night. Some businesses in Bowling Green are working overtime to keep the roads safe, and law enforcement continues to crack down on drunk drivers.

It's all part of a safety collaboration called "Swallow Your Pride, Call a Ride."

The first time business owners in Bowling Green, including bar owners, chipped in for free cab rides home was New Year's. They gave 125 rides, DUI arrests were way down, and there were no fatalities.

This St. Patrick's Day, one of the busiest party nights of the year, they hope they'll have the same success.

Thayer Chevrolet and several other BG businesses will offer the free rides to bar-goers who need a lift home.

In addition, state troopers, Wood County sheriff's deputies and BG police will be searching for impaired drivers at, including at an OVI checkpoint on Wooster Street.

Last year on March 17, there were seven crashes, hurting three people in Wood County. Alcohol was a factor in two of those crashes, and both drivers were arrested for DUI.

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Thayer Chevrolet in Bowling Green is teaming up with Safe Communities of Wood County.

They're paying for cab rides if you're out celebrating in Bowling Green and in need of a safe ride home.

To use that service, call 419-819-5315.

Also, the BGSU shuttle buses will run until 2:30 a.m.

Plus, AAA is once again offering its Tipsy Tow Service county-wide.  The service runs through 6 a.m.  Call 1-800-AAA-HELP.    

Last year on St. Patrick's Day in Wood County, there were seven crashes hurting three people.  In two of those crashes, alcohol was a factor and the drivers were arrested for DUI.    

There will be an OVI checkpoint on Wooster Street (State Route 64) in Bowling Green on Monday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Bowling Green Police Department, and the Wood County Sheriff's Office will be there looking for impaired drivers.     

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, "The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes."

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