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Putting A Bow On A Record Free Ride Token Year


December 5, 2018 | View PDF

Richland County Injury Prevention & DUI Task Force is continuing our effort to confront and reduce buzzed and impaired driving in our county. The Holiday Token Project runs from December 23, 2018 to January 2, 2019. Free ride tokens will be provided to local establishments, Richland County Sheriff Department and Sidney Police Department. In turn the establishments, Deputies and Officers disseminate the tokens to anyone who may be impaired. Thus providing a free option to get home safe.

The Task Force needs your help. After two events this year, the Token Program paid out $2,477.42, while providing Free rides to 196 area folks, a record. Remember, NO County Funds are used to pay for this program. These funds are generated through donations to the Task Force. We estimate the Holiday Token Program will need $2000 this year. Why, you ask? Our program has gained popularity throughout the community and has saved lives. Last holiday season 135 folks received a safe and free ride home.

Our goal, like yours, is to keep impaired drivers off our roadways. Every one of us either drives our roadways every day, or has a loved one that does. By sponsoring ride tokens, you can rest assured knowing your tax deductible donation is making a difference. I know in my heart, if an impaired person is sitting in the back seat of the Sidney Shuttle, they are not going to endanger your family or mine on the roadways of Richland County.

Let’s make this Holiday Season the safest yet. Thank you in advance for your help in this very important program.

You can reach Don at 433-2207 or email at [email protected] Anyone in the community that is interested in becoming an IP/DUITF member is encouraged to come to quarterly meetings and particitate as you like. Together we will make a difference.

Don Smies, Injury Prevention Specialist, DUI Task Force Coordinator


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