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This July 4, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) will be offering its “SoberRide” program for the 22nd straight year. From 4 p.m. until 4 a.m., Washington-area partiers can call the organization’s toll-free hot line to summon a free cab home, no strings attached. Except for one: Though a May 25 court injunction prevents D.C. authorities from arresting or prosecuting minors for alcohol consumption, underage drinkers won’t get any free rides home. The “SoberRides” are restricted to those 21 and over. WRAP President Kurt Gregory Erickson says the program’s numerous sponsors agreed on the rule. “It comes down to…not wanting to be in an enabling position,” he says. But few barriers will separate a sloshed teen from a free cab. Erickson says WRAP tape-records callers attesting they are of legal age—at least the ones who still remember their age. The drivers, however, won’t be carding their

passengers. —Mike DeBonis