Sheriff cancels New Year’s ride program

ROCKFORD — The Winnebago County Sheriff announced Wednesday that it will not participate in the annual Sheriff’s New Year’s Eve Ride Home program.

The program provides rides to help cut down on drunk driving during the New Year’s holiday. Sheriff Gary Caruana’s office cited recent budget cuts in the move.

“Due to call volume and reduced staffing, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department will not be able to participate in the Ride Home program,” his office said in a statement.

“If drinking an alcoholic beverage, please use a designated driver or call your local ride-sharing companies or taxi companies for a ride home.”

The sheriff’s office is embroiled in the battle over budget cuts that have hit the county during 2017. R.

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