Naples program offers free ride to intoxicated
December 24, 2003
NAPLES, Italy — The Naples Area Chief Petty Officers Association is offering sailors and their family members who have had too much to drink a free ride home during the holidays.
The association runs its annual Arrive Alive program, which is available throughout the Naples area between the end of December and early January. This year’s program began Dec. 20 and runs daily from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. until Jan 5.
Chief Petty Officer Jerry Finley, the program’s coordinator, said the program is designed to cut arrests and accidents related to driving under the influence.
“[This] shows … there that there are people who care about them during this season,” Finley said. “We want to take care of our fellow sailors and fellow human beings.”
Chief Petty Officer Nanette Johnson is volunteering for her second year. “Hopefully, they’ll think before they drink or go as far as calling us for a ride,” she said. “I think this allows sailors … to think twice before doing something stupid.”
Those calling for rides will only be taken home, not to another party or a bar, Finley said.
He said that sailors needing rides will be asked only a minimum of information: usually their names, where they can be picked up and where home is.
“We’ll have their name, but not their division or department,” he said. “They’re not going to get in trouble from us.”
Johnson agreed that there might be some concerns by junior sailors to call high-ranking personnel to ask for a ride.
“I’m afraid they won’t call the chiefs,” she said. “I hope they think clearly enough and use it.”
Sailors can arrange for a ride home by calling the base duty office at 081-568-5547 or DSN 626-5547.