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Ring in the New Year safely: DUI checkpoints & free taxi rides
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Ring in the New Year safely: DUI checkpoints & free taxi rides

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Ringing in the New Year with alcohol isn't uncommon, but that's why there are DUI checkpoints across the state. To make sure you don't become another drunk driving statistic, Yellow Cab is ready to take you where you need - safely.
Yellow Cab is gearing up for their biggest night of the year; New Year's Eve. All drivers, operators and managers will be on deck to keep up with demand because on New Year’s Eve they don't do reservations.
David Wages is the Senior Vice President at Yellow Cab. He says, "We anticipate fielding somewhere in the neighborhood of probably 6 to 7,000 right now."
But not everyone will be picked up; drivers don't have time to wait if you wonder off from the pick-up spot.
Like every day of the year, Yellow Cab is enforcing their Safe Ride Program. Participating bars will call a cab for intoxicated party goers and it's a free ride up to $25. Wages adds, "We do this year round and regardless of what the expense is, if we can keep one intoxicated person off the road, it's worth every penny we spend."
There is no tolerance for distractive or impaired driving. State and local law enforcement agencies are working around the clock to get drunk drivers off streets and highways. The crackdown is part of the annual "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." campaign.
The heightened enforcement campaign will continue into the first week of the New Year.
"We all have to take responsibility for our actions and choosing to drive drunk is a choice and no one should ever do that. Everybody has been touched at one time or another by a drunk driver. I personally have and we do this just to ensure the safety to the public," Wages says.
You have heard it time and time again, but just remember the cab fare is much cheaper than the alternative. At least think of others on the road.
You can also report impaired drivers to law enforcement. For more information, click here.

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