Free Taxis for the Tipsy

Looking to rid the streets of potential drunk drivers during the Fourth of July weekend, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program's SoberRide service will be offered Sunday and Monday from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. both days. The SoberRide program provides free taxi rides in the metropolitan area for intoxicated adults who otherwise would be driving. The ride must cost no more than $50.

Drivers 21 and older who have had too much to drink should call 800-200-TAXI (8294). Cell phone users with Cingular service can dial #TAXI.

According to WRAP, taxicab companies that will be dispatching their fleets in the District this weekend for SoberRide are American Cab, Comfort Cab, Consolidated Cab, District Cab, Independent Cab, Liberty Cab, Premium Cab and Washington Cab.

For information, go to WRAP's Web site at or

Traffic Law Crackdown

The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation have teamed up to heighten awareness of traffic laws by enforcing them more strictly.

Police will focus on speeders, aggressive drivers who do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and drivers who block crosswalks.

With the help of DDOT funding, police will also concentrate on reducing pedestrian and bicyclist deaths and injuries. According to DDOT, an average of 14 pedestrians are killed and 800 are injured in traffic accidents annually in the District. Eight pedestrians have been killed this year.

Police will also focus on jaywalkers and on bicyclists who run red lights, ride on sidewalks and ride the wrong way on streets.

-- Compiled by BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT