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Let The Rapid Be Your Designated Driver

Catch A Sober Ride With The RapidFrom St. Patrick’s Day to March Madness or even just the much-needed temperature increase, there’s a lot to celebrate this spring. But there’s no excuse for drinking and driving. This is why we’ve teamed up with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning to spread the word about the spring drunk driving crackdown taking place in our community until April 7th. The campaign encourages people to make smarter decisions and catch a sober ride.

To spread the word about the cost of drunk driving — not just this spring, but all year long — we’re featuring signs in our buses: “A DUI costs you a lot of green. Catch a sober ride.” This is our way of reminding you to let us be your designated driver.

This spring drunk driving crackdown also has Kent County police agencies, including those in Grandville, Kentwood, Rockford, Wyoming and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, putting additional officers on local roadways. The Michigan State Police will also assist Grand Rapids officers.

You may be wondering why this crackdown is taking place. A five-year review of crash data indicates both alcohol use and lack of seat belts play a significant role in fatal and serious injury crashes in March and early April. This time period includes the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, high school and college spring break periods, and St. Patrick’s Day. 

“We believe in a safer community, and anything we can do to help local law enforcement have a better control of the situation, we’ll help — it’s better people make wise choices,” said Rapid CEO Peter Varga in an interview with the Grand Rapids Press.

We’re happy to be your designated driver this season and throughout the rest of the year.

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Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.