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“Get A Ride” Program Expands To Local Bars, Restaurants

Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gaal says 50 area restaurants will participate in the program to reduce drunk driving on New Year's Eve.

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The "Get a Ride" program aims to educate Monroe County residents about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office is expanding a program to reduce drunk driving on New Year’s Eve.

Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gaal says the “Get a Ride” program aims to educate the public about the consequences of drinking and driving through public service announcements, billboards, and YouTube videos.

But he says this year, the program is aiming closer to the source.

“We’re distributing that message even wider, because we’re including local bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. There are about 50 of them participating.”

Servers and bartenders in participating restaurants will wear buttons with the “Get a Ride” slogan, and table tents will list phone numbers for local taxi companies.

Among the establishments taking part in the campaign is Kenny’s Tavern in Ellettsville. Owner Barry Mobley says he’s happy to participate in the program, but it ‘s important to educate and protect customers year-round.

“I mean it’s a great program. It’s not something to concentrate in just one day,” Mobley says.

The program is sponsored by the City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program, IU Division of Student Affairs, IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington, and the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office.

Taylor Killough

Taylor Killough is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has studied anthropology and digital journalism. She has professional experience in education and communications and is excited to be a part of the award-winning team at WFIU/WTIU.

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