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Call for a sober ride home on New Year's Eve

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Roger Bullock of Brandon is a quadriplegic after a wreck with a drunk driver back in April 1987. But he drives, and he doesn't mind having a drink or two.

"If I go out, I know I'm gonna drink, I don't carry my keys. I give them to someone else. That's me being responsible, not hurting someone else," Bullock says.

An employee of the Jackson nonprofit "Living Independently For Everyone", and a quad rugby player for the Jackson Jags, Bullock doesn't let his disability get him down. But he supports efforts to get revelers home safely.

This New Year's Eve, motorists in the Jackson metro area have two things going for them. The rainy weather is expected to clear up, and New Year's Eve partiers in the metro area can get a safe ride home in a 15-passenger van between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

After a one-year hiatus, American Medical Response is again offering free, sober rides to a hotel or a house for the night, but not to another party spot.  This year, A.M.R. is partnering with Safe Kids Mississippi. "We want to get parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles safely back home to their children," says Michael Hughes, Safe Kids Executive Director. 

Safe Kids volunteers will answer the phones, and A.M.R. will provide 15 vans and five drivers. "The drivers, by the way, are trained A.M.R. ambulance or wheelchair van drivers," says A.M.R. official Jim Pollard.  Call 601-360-0531 for the free ride home.

Locally based "Night Riders" is again offering safe rides home for $48.00. Partiers can even call ahead of time and make reservations.  Call 601-594-7336 for Night Riders.

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