FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Tom Henry announced the return of the Holiday Cab program.
The safe ride program provides free cab rides home to impaired drivers during the holiday season. In its 26th year of service and it will run from Thursday, December 19th to Wednesday, January 1st from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
“The Holiday Cab program provides a great community service,” Mayor Henry said. “We commend them for making sure our residents stay safe and that no lives are endangered on our roadways during the holiday season. We applaud and support their mission to reduce impaired driving and get everyone home safely.”
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.
“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.”