Beverly Hills teen-agers who sample too much holiday cheer over the New Year's weekend will be offered a free taxi ride home, thanks to an organization seeking to educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Arrive Alive, founded two years ago after a traffic accident involving a Beverly Hills teen-ager who survived but suffered brain damage, and a drunk driver, started the free ride program seven months ago with the help of the Beverly Hills Cab Co. and the Maple Center, a family counseling center.
The program, which normally operates Friday and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., was expanded to include Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the New Year's weekend through Saturday.
"If someone who lives in Beverly Hills calls and needs help, a cab will pick the caller up and take him or her home," said Linda Roberts, a vice president of Arrive Alive. Beverly Hills teen-agers who are unable to drive home because they have had too much to drink can call (213) AR-ALIVE.