Holiday Free Ride Home Program

Sheriff James Pohlmann and Capt. Walter Dornan at one of the five signs in the parish announcing the Sheriff's office free Holiday Ride Home program has begun and runs through Jan. 2. The goal is to prevent drinking and driving. Call (504) 271-2501.

Sheriff’s Office free Holiday Ride Home program starts Thanksgiving Day and runs through Jan. 2; Call 271-2501

Sheriff James Pohlmann announces that for the 32nd consecutive year the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering its free Holiday Ride Home program starting Thanksgiving Day and running through Jan. 2.

The goal is to cut down on drinking and driving to prevent injuries from vehicle crashes, Sheriff Pohlmann.

Call (504) 271-2501 and a Sheriff’s Deputy will pick you up anywhere in St. Bernard Parish and give you a ride home in the parish, the sheriff said.

If you live outside the parish you will be brought to a Sheriff’s Office station where you can make arrangements to get home from there.

“It is so simple and it could save your life or the life of someone you might hit in a traffic accident,” Sheriff Pohlmann said.

“We don’t want to arrest you for driving while intoxicated or otherwise impaired,” the sheriff said.

“So instead of getting behind the wheel if you are impaired, just give us a call and we will pick you up and give you a ride.”

Callers will be given a ride home but not to a bar, nightclub or to a party, the sheriff said

The free Holiday Ride Home program was started in St. Bernard Parish in 1984 and was the first of its kind in the New Orleans area.

About 20 people a year take advantage of the program.