A total of 225 local residents availed themselves of a free cab ride home on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) through the regional SoberRide effort.

“This level of ridership translates into SoberRide removing a would-be drunk driver from greater Washington’s roadways nearly every three minutes,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, president of the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program, the organization conducting the region’s SoberRide effort.

SoberRide began offering free rides home on Cinco de Mayo in 2015, running from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning. Participation in 2016 was up 37 percent.

Since 1993, WRAP’s SoberRide program has provided 65,116 free cab rides home to would-be drunk drivers in the Washington area during holiday periods.

Participating taxicab companies include Alexandria Yellow Cab; Barwood; Fairfax Yellow Cab; Loudoun Yellow Cab; Northern Virginia Checker Cab; Red Top Cab; Silver Cab of Prince George’s County; Yellow Cab of D.C.; and Yellow Cab of Prince William County.

For information on the initiative, see the Web site at www.soberride.com.