Get In The Holiday Spirit – Responsibly

December 21, 2018


For Immediate Release – December 21, 2018


FRANKFORT, Ky – This holiday season, Kentuckians can claim $20 in safe ride discounts thanks to Safe Ride KY, a state-wide coalition led by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

Users can enter promo code SLEIGHRIDEKY into the Lyft mobile application between December 21, 2018 and January 1, 2019 to receive two $10 ride discounts – wherever Lyft is available in Kentucky, while supplies last.

The campaign – titled “This one’s on us” and produced by Red7e in Louisville – is promoted to consumers of legal drinking age online and in bars, liquor stores and other retail environments where beverage alcohol is sold.

Safe Ride KY and its coalition partners have removed over 5,000 potentially impaired drivers from Kentucky roadways since launching the campaign in December 2017.

“We like to say that Bourbon brings people together,” KDA President Eric Gregory remarked. “We’re proud to help keep holiday celebrations safe by partnering with Lyft, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky to offer Kentuckians’ sober rides.”

Together, the group is offering $20,000 worth of Lyft discounts throughout the Commonwealth. Learn more at

Kentucky State Police report that 23 drunk driving deaths occurred during Christmas and New Years in the last five years, while holidays like Labor Day (17), Independence Day (17), and Thanksgiving (10) saw Kentucky families lose loved ones to drunk driving, as well.

“Drunk driving tragedies like these are 100% preventable,” said Jason Siwula, Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS). “That’s why we partner with Safe Ride KY to complement our Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over efforts and tell individuals to plan ahead for safe rides.”

Safe Ride KY is also reminding the community that safe rides are just one part of responsible consumption.

The group is encouraging individuals to stay hydrated, consume in moderation, and include everyone by serving crafted non-alcoholic cocktails at holiday celebrations.

A local non-profit called The Mocktail Project is offering a variety of signature Kentucky mocktail recipes at

“Safe rides and mocktails are two tools that help build a better drinking culture in Knetucky,” said Ali Edelstein, Director of Social Responsibility at the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

Beverage alcohol retailers who would like to receive materials to promote the free safe ride code, or any groups that would like to sponsor the campaign financially, should contact Edelstein at [email protected].


For more information, contact: Ali Edelstein, KDA Director of Social Responsibility, (502) 424-5841.

Founded in 1880, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is the historic voice for Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Its diverse and growing membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are fostering the next generation of the Commonwealth’s timeless craft and treasured economic engine. Member benefits include media relations, international trade development, private sampling events, technical assistance, economic development support, networking, legal defense, marketing strategies, governmental and regulatory advocacy and innovative tourism experiences through the KDA’s world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. The KDA maintains an open membership policy, champions a strong commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage drinking and drunk driving. Learn more at and KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL®, KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL CRAFT TOUR®, KENTUCKY BOURBON AFFAIRTM, KBTTM, and BOURBON TRAILTM are trademarks/service marks of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Please savor our Bourbon and distilled spirits like a true Kentuckian – Responsibly.

Enjoy Like a True Kentuckian: Responsibly