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Taxi ride program to run three nights

Free taxi service will be available three nights this Fourth of July weekend for people over 21 who want to celebrate the holiday with drinking at a Baltimore bar or restaurant.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, AAA Mid-Atlantic, the State Highway Administration and Yellow Cab held a news conference Thursday to call attention to the return of the Tipsy? Taxi! program that has been providing such ride on holidays since 2006.

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This year, it will give free taxi rides up to a $50 fare to patrons of Baltimore bars and restaurants from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. July 2-4. The idea is to keep folks who have had too much alcohol from getting behind the wheel by offering them a seat in the back of a taxi instead.

According to AAA, the Tipsy? Taxi! program provided 281 free rides in metropolitan Baltimore last July 4 weekend.  The number to call for a ride is 1-877-963-TAXI (8294).

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If this weekend is like past weekends,  those who would use the service should put in their calls  before the closing-time rush, when waits for rides can be longer.

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