Thursday, December 10, 2009


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Free Service Provides Partygoers a Safe Ride Home

ORLAND PARK, IL – For the past sixteen years, the Village of Orland Park has offered the “Safe Ride Home Program” to drive partygoers safely home on New Year’s Eve. FREE rides home will be available from 11 pm on Thursday, December 31 to 4 am on Friday, January 1, 2009.

Joining Orland Park in the Safe Ride Home Program on New Year’s Eve are the communities of Mokena, Orland Hills, Palos Heights and New Lenox.

The Safe Ride Home Program cost is approximately $4,436.00. The Michael P. Gordon Memorial Foundation has generously donated $1,500.00 to help subsidize the Safe Ride Home Program. Thanks to the generosity of the Gordon Foundation, each participating community’s share of the cost will be approximately $587.00. The Michael P. Gordon Memorial Foundation was established to carry on the memory of Chicago Police Officer Mike Gordon and continue his service by improving public safety and providing financial assistance to deserving individuals and charitable organizations.

Carey Chicago of Elk Grove Village will provide six vehicles to give residents of the participating towns a ride home. The driver will take riders to their homes, not to another party or public establishment. There is no charge for this service and no names will be taken. Last year, 203 passengers took advantage of the free safe ride home.

The service is provided to help make New Year’s Eve safe for everyone on the road. Residents of any of the participating towns may call Carey Chicago at 1-800-752-5400 to arrange for a free ride home on New Year’s Eve. The Village of Orland Park and all of the participating communities encourage everyone to have a happy and safe New Year’s.



Promoting the 2009/10 Safe Ride Home Program from left to right are: Roland Joita and Brandi Warren, My Chauffeur; Deputy Chief David Delaney, City of Palos Heights; Chief Bob Sterba, Village of New Lenox; Village of Orland Park Trustee and Chairman of Public Safety Brad O’Halloran, Chief Timothy McCarthy, Village of Orland Park; Deputy Chief Mike Blaha, Village of Orland Hills; and Community Relations School Resource Officer Dennis Boardman, Village of Mokena.

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