ASK YOUR BARTENDER ABOUT SAFERIDE
OFFERING A FREE RIDE HOME TO KEEP OUR ROADS SAFE
The Tavern League of Wisconsin and our members are proud to serve our community. One of our top priorities is to keep our patrons safe. That is why we offer the SafeRide program. The goal of SafeRide is to eliminate drunk driving on Wisconsin’s roadways. As always, we encourage you to drink responsibly. However, if you feel like you’ve had too much to drink, ask your bartender if their establishment is a Tavern League member offering the SafeRide program.
Thanks in part to the SafeRide program, Wisconsin has witnessed a 28% decline in OWI convictions since 2004 and nearly a 50% decline in alcohol related fatalities since 2003. During that same period, the number of SafeRides provided increased 150%, while expanding operations to 64 Wisconsin counties.
The cost of the program last year was nearly $1,000,000. The program is partially funded by a surcharge on OWI convictions, and the rest is paid by Tavern League members. “It’s not a good idea to drive impaired. Our SafeRide program gives an alternative that is safe and it is free to our customers” says TLW President Chris Marsicano.
Last year, Tavern League members provided more than 91,000 SafeRides to their patrons.
History: 1999 Wisconsin Act 109 established a surcharge on every DWI conviction. This money may only be used for alternative transportation from Class B licensees to a customer's home. The Tavern League office administers this program with the Department of Transportation oversight.
Process: Any local chapter who wishes to participate needs to send a letter of request for funds. The normal amount requested may not exceed $10,000. On approval, the local chapters make all decisions on the program including days and hours of operation, area of coverage, costs of rides, etc. If an area is not serviced by a cab company, you may be able to set up a "good samaritan" program. In addition, the local chapter is responsible for "raising" an equal amount of money as the initial grant. This may be done in a variety of ways.
Click here to select your county on the map and locate your local SafeRide Coordinator
DON’T FORGET TO ASK YOUR BARTENDER ABOUT SAFERIDE!
For questions and more details, call the Tavern League of Wisconsin office in Madison 800-445-9221.