Our Mission

There’s an old quote we often cite:

“Go into the world and do well, but more importantly, go into the world and do good.  Create a change, and moreover, simply become  the change.”

Our Mission and Story

“The Safe Ride Foundation is one of Maryland’s leading organizations taking a stance against driving while intoxicated.  Our mission is to implement and replicate programs that will not only provide our public with the education on the dangers of intoxicated driving, but also a faithful and reliable alternative to those dangers, and a haven of support for victims as well as the families of victims.

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The Safe Ride Foundation, otherwise known as S.O.S. Safe Ride is a non-profit organization based in the bustling city of Frederick, Maryland.   

We are adults who, just like you, enjoy having a great time out. However we also take immense pride in making responsible decisions when doing so.  This includes both during and after a night out. Our organization was founded by individuals who grew up in this area, who understand its people, its culture, and its social indulgence habits.  We believe that every organization must define four things for itself and others in order to truly be successful:  its Mission, its Dream, its Vision, and its Purpose.  Below we have outlined each of these, in an attempt for the public to truly understand what we’re aiming to accomplish with The Safe Ride Foundation.

Our Mission:

To implement and replicate programs that will provide our public with the education on the dangers of drunk driving, a faithful and reliable alternative to those dangers, and a haven of support for victims as well as the families of victims.

Our Dream:

To shift the drinking culture in our area and parts beyond to reflect a higher sense of accountability and responsibility as it pertains to driving while intoxicated.

Our Vision:

To effectively create the “Uber” of designated driving with a charitable infrastructure.

Our Purpose:

To ensure that every single intoxicated bar patron in our area arrives home safely, and not behind the wheel of a vehicle.

 

Some of the facts and statistics:

  • U.S. Law Enforcement, specifically in the state of Maryland is working towards a Zero Tolerance policy of alcoholic driving.
  • Almost Half of all drivers killed in crashes tested positive for alcohol in their system.
  • Over 1.2 Million drivers were arrested in 2014 for driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Males are 8% more likely to drive drunk than Females.
  • The Rate of Drunk Driving is highest amongst 21 to 25 Year olds.
  • Drunk Driving is 6 times more likely at night than it is during the day.
  • DUI Conviction can lead to many detrimental consequences including: $5,000-$10,000 in legal fees, Loss of License, Mandatory AA Meetings, Jail Time, Increased Insurance Premiums, Etc.

The typical outgoing bar visitor has different options on how to get themselves home at the end of the night…unfortunately,  public transportation options at that time of the evening are very limited.  Taxi-like services, while available, miss a very important piece of the puzzle, the intoxicated person’s vehicle.  Almost half of all drunk driving offenders cite the reason for their offense as: “I needed my car the next morning, I only had a few, and I didn’t want to leave it at the bar”

Needless to say, if that’s the excuse, this where our flagship program SOS Safe Ride comes in…

SOS Safe Ride provides you with the assurance of knowing that you, your party, and your vehicle will get home safely.  We will provide that without the burden of finding a ride from a friend, or paying a round-trip cab fare. Most importantly, with our program we aim to prevent you or anyone else from making the terrible decision to get behind the wheel.

You always have the freedom to drive yourself TO the bar or party while you’re still sober; but let us provide you the peace of mind to not be worried about the trip home. Be a passenger in your own vehicle, perhaps crank the stereo, and even laugh about the night’s fun times.  The rest, SOS Safe Ride will gladly and humbly care of.

We’re an awesome, personable team here at the Safe Ride Foundation; and we want to remind Frederick County and parts beyond how much we appreciate the satisfaction that comes with potentially saving a life and moreover the lives of innocent pedestrians.  We’re happy that our work has been so welcomed into the community, and with the help of our board members, our partners, the local law enforcement, and of course our drivers…. we hope that we can be an incredible influence & asset to Frederick County, and put an end to impaired driving once and for all.

With Love,
-The Safe Ride Foundation Family