FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Starting Thursday, December 18, free rides home will once again be offered to those who’ve been drinking or are impaired this holiday season. Details of the 27th annual Holiday Cab program were announced at a Monday morning news conference attended by Fort Wayne Police Chief Garry Hamilton, Director of Public Safety Rusty York and others.
The Holiday Cab program will offer rides from 8 pm to 2 am. through Thursday, January 1.
“We believe we’re making a difference by providing cab rides for people who have gone out to party or attended a holiday event and need a safe ride home,” said Rita Junk, Holiday Cab administrator. “Law enforcement officers encourage residents to use our ride home, so that you won’t have to use their (law enforcement’s) ride home, after being arrested.”
Since 1987, Holiday Cab has provided an alternative for residents looking for a safe ride home. Last year, the program provided 725 rides, a record number. The very first year of the program, they gave less than 75 rides home.
Alcohol-related collisions continue to be public safety concern, nationwide. In Allen County, in 2013, there were 375 alcohol-related crashes, causing 137-injuries and 5-deaths.
The Holiday Cab program will provide free rides home to those who live within a 10-mile radius of downtown Fort Wayne. Those who live farther can still use the cab service, but will have to pay the difference, beyond the 10-mile radius.
Residents must call Holiday Cab at (260) 426-1301, in order to get the free service. Reservations are not accepted, and the cabs will only take people home, not to another bar, restaurant or party.
This year’s Holiday Cab program is sponsored by AALCO Distributing Company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, UAW CAP Council and the Tavern Owner’s Association. Rides will be provided by Deluxe Taxi Company. The program has received support from local law enforcement agencies.