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Free taxis offered for holiday revelers

Free taxis offered for holiday revelers

Sun photo/Jed Kirschbaum     

One of the puzzling questions surrounding the whole issue of drunk driving is why more people who indulge in alcohol don't invest in the cost of a taxi to get themselves home. Even if it's a $50 or $60 ride, it's sure a lot cheaper than the costs of hiring a lawyer, paying a fine, mandatory alcohol education programs and all the other costs associated with a DUI bust.

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This New Year's Day weekend, AAA Mid-Atlantic, Yellow Cab and the State Highway Administration are leaving Baltimore revelers  no excuse for failing to take a taxi after celebratiing at a local watering hole. They're offering free taxi rides, up to a total of $50, to drinkers in Baltimore. (Passengers pay any balance over $50.)

The Tipsy? Taxi! program will be available on New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Saturday, Jan. 2,  from midnight to 4:00 am. Rider must be at least 21 and have been  drinking at a restaurant or bar in the city. Call 1-877-963-TAXI  to schedule a taxi ride.

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Some 110 wise imbibers took advantage of the program last New Year's Day weekend. The program, which is offered during the holiday weekends most associated with alcohol consumption, has provided an estimated 1,500 rides  since it was first introduced. This year the program will be offered on St. Patrick's Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween.

Now if we could just add Cinco de Mayo and the Preakness.

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