Cherokee County

Metro police department offering free rides to make sure you get home safe on New Year’s Eve

WOODSTOCK, Ga. — If you are planning a big night out for New Year’s Eve, one metro city is making sure that you get home safe and sound.

The Woodstock Police Department said it will be participating in Operation Safe Ride to provide “free rides home to patrons of local alcohol-serving establishments who may be impaired or feel they are unsafe to drive.”

It is the 14th year that the department has done the program. It said that the department will be using 15 passenger vans to take people home who feel like they can’t get home safely.


“The main reason for this operation is to ensure that residents can celebrate the holiday, but not endanger the lives of others by driving impaired,” said Capt. Matt O’Keefe, division commander of the Woodstock Police Field Operations Unit. “The officers enjoy interacting with all of the residents and meeting new people. It is a way for us to get out in the community while making the streets of Woodstock safer.”

Anyone looking for a ride can call officers directly at 404-740-4502. The initiative will run from 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.