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Law enforcement officials suggest mobile apps for party-goers seeking safe rides home

Sacramento-area law enforcement officials say mobile apps can help people consuming alcohol during Cinco de Mayo celebrations arrange safe rides home from the festivities.

The California Highway Patrol’s North Sacramento office is partnering with Uber, the app that connects riders and drivers, to offer free rides to new users. The new Uber users can download the Uber app,, and input the promo code SACRIDE for a free ride up to $25 anywhere in Northern California, according to a North Sacramento CHP office news release.

“We are always looking for safe alternatives for people to get home and we are partnering with Uber as a way to raise awareness of the many alternatives people have to drinking an driving,” North Sacramento CHP spokesman Officer Chad Hertzell said in a written statement.

The California Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking sober designated drivers with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. For those without a designated driver, officials say a new SaferRide mobile app from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes it easier to find a sober ride home. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

The CHP and area police departments will be conducting DUI saturation patrols Tuesday in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the roadways.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.