Coburg Police offer free rides home on New Year's Eve

"We'll be glad to give them a ride because it's just worth saving somebody's life," said Coburg Police Chief Larson.

Posted: Dec 31, 2017 8:03 PM
Updated: Dec 31, 2017 8:11 PM

COBURG, Ore. -- A local police department is working to keep the roads safe New Year's Eve, by offering free rides home. It's all in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road.

This is the second year that the Coburg Police Department has offered this service. If you've had a drink and need a safe way to get home, Officers said they'll be the designated drivers.

Chief Larry Larson says his mother was killed by an intoxicated driver four years ago. He wanted find a way to prevent another family from going through that kind of pain, and that's when he came across this idea.

He said he did some research online and saw that other police departments and tow companies across the nation do this on New Year's Eve.and wanted to bring that service to Coburg.

Chief Larson said they're having extra officers working Sunday night to help and said they're willing to go beyond city limits.

"I  think if it's anybody in the Eugene and Springfield area, and we're not backed up on calls or rides, we'll be glad to give them a ride because it's just worth saving somebody's life to give them a ride and spend that kind of time," said Chief Larson. 

The number to call is (541) 998-1245. He said that will connect you to the Coburg/Junction City Dispatch Center where you can request a ride. 

He said the Coburg Police Department sees an average of 30 DUII's a year.

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