December 13, 2016 – Police Chief Steve Reed today joined with Holiday Cab to announce the return of the program that provides free cab rides home to impaired drivers during this holiday season.
In its 29th year of service, the Holiday Cab program runs from Thursday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Jan. 1 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
“The Holiday Cab program provides a great community service,” Chief Reed said. “We support their mission to reduce impaired driving and to get everyone home safely.”
“The goal of the program has always been to prevent the tragedies that can and do occur when motorists drive drunk or impaired,” said Rita Junk, Holiday Cab administrator.
“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,” Junk said. “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 267 rides. The very first year of the program, they gave less than 75 rides home.
Alcohol-related collisions continue to be a public safety concern nationwide. In Allen County, in 2015, there were a total of 13,424 collisions. Of those, 447 were alcohol-related collisions, resulting in 167 injuries and 6 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 IN BEV, UAW CAP Council and the Tavern Owner’s Association. Rides will be provided by Deluxe Taxi Company. The program continues to receive support from local law enforcement agencies.