MILITARY REPORT: Soldiers Against Drunk Driving

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Many soldiers at Fort Wainwright are volunteering their time for the 'Soldiers Against Drunk Driving' program to help provide safe and dependable rides home.
For this week's Military Report, Julia Laude met with some of these volunteers to see why they do it.
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: The Soldiers Against Drunk Driving program at Fort Wainwright is a community service initiative to help service members and their families get home safely.
Volunteers take calls from 11 p- m to 4 a-m on Fridays and Saturdays.
Drivers can travel off post to pick up passengers at Fairbanks-area bars between Fox, the Blue Loon, and North Pole.
"I hop in, show you my ID, and then is there anything else you need from me or do we just head out?"
Brenton Kirk; SADD Volunteer>>: "As long as you buckle up, put on your seat belt, we will hold on to your I-D card until we drop you off and we'll give you your I-D card and have a good night."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Brenton Kirk has been volunteering with the SADD program since October of last year.
He says it can be a rewarding experience.
Brenton Kirk; SADD Volunteer>>: "Volunteering is a privilege because it helps you build leadership skills and it's very rewarding at the end of it all. So when I go home, and I've picked up one or five or maybe 10 people in one night, all I can say is somebody out of the 10 could have had a D-U-I."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Volunteers normally receive one to five calls per night.
Coordinator Joshua Smith says he hopes that number will soon increase.
For the service members using the service, no personal information is kept on the person receiving a ride.
Joshua Smith; SADD Coordinator>>: "There are no repercussions for using SADD and we don't report any personal information whatsoever to their chain of command."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: If you find yourself in need of a safe ride home, the volunteers at SADD will be there for you.
This is Julia Laude reporting.