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(WPRI) — Thanksgiving kicks off the beginning of the holiday season and with the holiday season comes an increase of impaired driving.

Thanksgiving eve is known as one of the busiest drinking nights of the year and has been called “Blackout Wednesday.”

Nationally, 1,000 people die from impaired driving incidents and Thanksgiving Eve is the deadliest of the holiday season. Free ride services are being offered across the state in an effort to help put a stop to drunk driving this holiday season.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Uber announced a joint effort to combat drunk driving by offering free rides across the state. Rhode Island residents and visitors can enter the promo code “SAFERIDERI18” in the Uber app and a free ride up to $15 will be unlocked.

Free rides will be offered from 9 p.m. on Nov. 21 to 6 a.m. on Nov. 22. and availability is limited.

The Warwick Police Department also announced that for the first time, their Safe Rides program will be available the night before Thanksgiving.

Volunteers will be available for free rides to any location in Warwick from 6 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 21.

Anyone looking to get a free ride through the Safe Rides program can call (401) 468-4200.

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