Designated Drivers forced to cancel free holiday rides
The Designated Drivers program that provides free rides to those that need it during the holidays is out of money. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An organization that is dedicated to saving lives is in dire financial straits tonight.
Designated Drivers relies on donations to provide rides home for people who have had too much to drink.
The service is now a victim of its own success -- too much business and not enough cash.
The free-ride program usually runs the week before Christmas through New Years. It cost the non-profit organization about $75,000 each year.
Last year, the program got about $2,000 from the drivers that they provided rides for.
Casino and bar donations have kept the annual program afloat until this year.
But, President Billie Smith says that Designated Drivers didn't get any money from the casino industry this year.
Because of that, the free service has been canceled this year. But, the service that they charge for is still available through the 24-hour hotline.
Here is a link to their website.