Updated: January 27, 2013 6:23AM
Five suburbs are again joining efforts to reduce the number of drunken drivers on New Year’s Eve.
Orland Park has offered the Safe Ride Home Program for nearly 20 years, with Palos Heights, Mokena, Tinley Park and New Lenox joining over the last several years.
“Safe Ride Home is a great example of area municipalities working together to keep the roads safer on New Year’s Eve,” Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin said in a prepared statement.
The program is funded by each of the participating municipalities and through a grant from the Michael P. Gordon Foundation. Gordon, 30, was a Chicago police officer in 2004 when his patrol car was hit by a drunken, unlicensed driver who ran a red light, killing Gordon and seriously injuring his partner.
Free rides home from establishments within the participating towns will be available beginning at 11 p.m. Dec. 31 until 4 a.m. Jan. 1. Drivers will transport revelers home and not to other establishments.
More than 150 people took advantage of the service last year, according to a news release.
Residents of the participating towns may call Stretch Limousine’s toll-free number at (855) 230-1637 to arrange for a free ride home during the designated hours.