SafeRide Program continues to save lives throughout Wisconsin
Currently in its 32nd year, the Tavern League of Wisconsin’s SafeRide Program continues to be a model for the rest of the nation.
The Tavern League’s commitment to keep impaired drivers off Wisconsin’s roads is documented in its recently released SafeRide Survey of more than 60 counties in the state. In 2016-17, TLW-member establishments pro-vided 95,203 free rides home to their patrons, a 15.8 percent increase from the previous year.
Thanks in part to the SafeRide program, Wisconsin has witnessed a 58 percent decline in alcohol related fatalities over the last 10 years while also experiencing a 47 percent decrease in injuries and a 38 percent reduction in crashes. In recent years the number of SafeRides provided increased over 150 percent, while program operations were expanded to 62 Wisconsin counties.
The cost of the SafeRide program, which is nearly $1 million, is shared by hardworking TLW members as well as funds generated by surcharges on OWI convictions.