Stay safe this New Year’s Eve in Fort Wayne and cab-it — for free

If you’re an adult and want to ring in the New Year with a few drinks, and maybe even a few more, then you need to act like an adult. So please, take advantage of the Holiday Cab program and get a free cab ride home.

Deluxe Taxi Co. will take you home from a business or party within a 10-mile radius of downtown Fort Wayne. After that, you need to pay the mileage fee.

In an effort to reduce the number of accidents caused by impaired drivers and make sure citizens make it home safely, Mayor Tom Henry announced the return of the Holiday Cab program.

“This is a great way to get people home safely. Our goal is to make sure our residents stay safe and that no lives are endangered on our roadways,” said Mayor Henry in a news release.

The program, in its 24th year, provides free cab rides from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. until Jan. 1.

But don’t think you’re being smooth if you have the cab pick you up at a bar and drop you off at your next pub or club, because these cabs only take you home.

Rita Junk, program administrator, reported in a news release that in the very first year of the program, they gave less than 75 rides home. Some years since, they have given as many as 600 rides home.

“Our goal is to provide an alternative method of safe transportation home for party-goers who should not be behind the wheel of a vehicle,” Junk said. “Local law enforcement agencies support our efforts to encourage people to use our program and not risk being pulled over and arrested or causing injury to anyone.”

Last year in Fort Wayne, nine people died from alcohol-related crashes between Dec. 5 and Jan. 1. In the U.S., nearly 11,000 accidents happened as a result of an impaired driver getting behind the wheel.

If you want to be an adult this NYE, call the program hotline at 460-4710 to get a ride, and remember reservations are not accepted.

Have a few beers or mixed drinks, and enjoy yourself as you celebrate the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, because if you’re smart, you won’t be driving home when you could be loudly riding or sleepily-lying in the back of a Deluxe Taxi Co. cab.

This year’s Holiday Cab program is sponsored by AALCO Distributing Co., Deluxe Taxi Co., Anheuser-Busch InBev, Communication Networks, UAW CAP Council and the Tavern Owner's Association.

THE BREAKDOWN

What: Free cabs

Who: Anyone who calls a cab at 460-4710

When: 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. from now until Jan. 1

Where: Within 10 miles of downtown Fort Wayne

Why: To prevent tragedies that occur when motorists drive drunkenly or impaired.

 

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