FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Free rides home will be offered once again to those who’ve been drinking or are impaired this holiday season.
Fort Wayne Police Chief Garry Hamilton announced details of the 28th annual Holiday Cab program on Tuesday. The program will offer free rides from 8p.m. to 2a.m. December 17 through January 1 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. To schedule a cab within those perimeters, call (260) 426-1301.
Hamilton said Holiday Cab offers a “great community service.” In Allen County, in 2014, there were a total of 12,184 collisions, 375 being alcohol-related, resulting in 181 injuries and four deaths. Curbing what continues to be a public safety concern nationwide and locally in alcohol-related collisions is the goal. “We applaud and support their mission to reduce impaired driving and get everyone home safely,” said Hamilton.
Since 1987, Holiday Cab has provided an alternative for residents looking for a safe ride home. Last year, the program provided 294 rides. The very first year of the program, they gave less than 75 rides home. Rita Junk, Holiday Cab administrator said “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. 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.”
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.