‘Leave the vehicles at home’: New program gets you safely from bar to bar

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- An initiative to decrease drunk driving in Brown County is bringing drivers more than just a safe ride home.

The new program will keep people safe as they make their way from place to place on weekend nights.

“Basically, leave the vehicles at home,” says Brown County Tavern League President Don Mjelde. “You don't have to worry about drinking and driving anymore.”

Tuesday night, Brown County bar owners had the chance to see just what the Another Way SafeRide program is all about.

“Come to your favorite establishment, take a taxi, Uber, Lyft over, and then you can go from bar to bar, and you're guaranteed a SafeRide home at the end of the night,” Mjelde explains.

The program Another Way, a veteran-owned bus service, paired with the SafeRide program to provide the bus shuttle.

Last year, the SafeRide program gave more than 95,000 rides in the state of Wisconsin.

“As far as Green Bay SafeRides, we always know it’s a number that we can improve upon,” Mjelde says.

On top of those rides home, the Another Way SafeRide shuttle bus will give you a safe ride to the next bar.

“You can purchase a drink and get a token for a dollar to get back on the bus again,” Mjelde tells Action 2 News.

That token will get you on one of three bus routes across Brown County, making stops at 50 area bars.

The routes take about 45 minutes each, and you can follow along for the location of the buses on your phone at bus3531.com.

Bar owners are already on board, hoping the program will cut back on the number of OWI’s in Brown County.

“We do drive people home, and on occasion I pick people up in the morning. If they really have to have their car for work, I have gone and picked people up in the morning to bring them to their cars,” says Teri Vande Hei, co-owner of The Roundabout Bar. “We're encouraging you to come out and have a good time, but still get home safely to your family, friends, loved ones or whatever.”

All the bars participating in the Another Way SafeRide shuttle program will also provide you with a SafeRide home.

“At 1:00 a.m. when the service ends, no matter where you are, as long as you're on a participating location that does the SafeRide program, you get a free ride home,” says Galen Sherbon, owner of Another Way.

The Another Way SafeRide bus shuttle will run every Friday and Saturday night, from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. starting Friday June 1.