Rensselaer County Invites Designated Drivers Everyday (RIDE)

RIDE was designed to increase the number of designated drivers throughout Rensselaer County. Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs participating in RIDE provide free non-alcoholic beverages to the acknowledged designated driver in a group of two or more. It's a way of saying thanks for caring about the safety of your friends and community!

Establishment owners all across the county have been invited to join RIDE to play an active role in ensuring the health and safety of their patrons. Please support bars, restaurants, and nightclubs that participate in RIDE and if your favorite place is not a member, encourage them to adopt the program.


To participate in the program complete the submit an online application. Once your application is received, a RIDE card will be mailed to you immediately. Present this card to the server at your favorite bar, restaurant, or nightclub and begin receiving the benefits as a designated driver.


Participating Business

View a list of businesses that participate in the RIDE program.

The Unfortunate Facts of Drunk Driving

  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
  • This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes,  one every 50 minutes.
  • Every minute, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash.
  • Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year.
  • One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their life time.