Getting Home Safely

1 decade 2 years 9 months ago Thursday, December 22 2005 Dec 22, 2005 Thursday, December 22, 2005 10:15:13 PM CST December 22, 2005 in News

Capital City residents can call a cab for free. The Sober Chauffeur program is celebrating its 21st anniversary, and the city wants people to take advantage of the program more than ever.

"People are coming home from school or whenever to visit with their family, and maybe go out and see friends they haven't seen in a long time," police officer Jeff Stiefermann said. "And maybe they're drinking and might need a ride home."

When the Sober Chauffeur program started, it was only during the holidays. But, the city extended it, and now people can call a cab any day of the week.

Since that extension three years ago, police say DWIs and alcohol-related traffic crashes are way down. And, residents agree the program works.

"I think people can go out, have a few drinks, have a good time and they don't have to drive home," bar owner Eric Riley said.

So, before you drive home, remember one thing.

"Checkered Cabs are a little more comfortable than police cars," said, Allen Elliot, Checker Cab assistant manager.

Donations pay for the Sober Chauffeur program, which costs about $1,000 a month.

For a sober ride anywhere in Jefferson City, call 573-636-7102.

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