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Uptown Columbus promotes drinking responsibly

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The Columbus Police Department said they arrested 392 people for drinking and driving during January, February, and March of 2013. The Georgia State Patrol also monitors Columbus. Last year they said they made 231 arrests for DUI.

But now, Uptown Columbus is hoping to lower that number.

"We really want people to come down to uptown Columbus and have a great time, but to do that, you need to be able to get home safely," said Elizabeth Hurst, the Vice President of Community Relations and Marketing at Uptown Columbus.

Uptown has partnered with Budweiser to sponsor a new safety initiative called, 'Grab a Bud, grab a Cab.'

"You're not in trouble for drinking, we want you to come out and have a good time, but you hop in a cab, you go home, your name is entered to win a $25 gift card," said Hurst.

She explained that every Friday and Saturday night cabs line the 1000 block of Broadway, offering a safe ride home. But she said now, before you jump in the car, be sure to submit your name to win a reward for choosing the safe way home.

"People just can't believe we are just going to give you $25 for taking a cab home. We would love to be able to cover your cab fair, but we just don't have the funds to do that, so this is kind of the middle ground," explained Hurst.

She added that you need to keep an eye out for the nicknamed, 'Purple People,' who are Uptown Ambassadors dressed all in purple, to submit your information. A winner is picked every Monday.

The program has only been up and running for about two weeks. So far, Hurst said they have gotten a good response. Uptown said they hope to keep it going through the end of the year.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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