Moberly Drinkers Want Rides
Patrons of Moberly's Bud's Place know driving drunk is dangerous. Sometimes the bartenders even take customers home at the end of the night.
"If I'm here and available," explained owner Georgia Vannay, "I have taken people home before."
Randy Perkins started a private bus service so drivers didn't have to worry about drinking.
"You didn't have to worry about a DWI. You didn't have to worry about your car," said Perkins. "You didn't have to worry about nothing. That's what the bus was for."
It cost customers only $10 for an entire night of sober chauffeuring by Randy's bus. But, he couldn't keep it going financially.
A taxi cab provides another way to avoid driving drunk. But, Moberly bartenders say the local taxi service won't come to bars at night.
"I've had nights where I'd call the taxi place, and they'd say they're coming, but never show up," Vannoy said.
The owner of Moberly's taxi company refused to comment on camera. He says his drivers go to bars, but refuse service if customers are violent, sick, or incapacitated. The owner showed KOMU records he says prove his drivers pick up at bars. But, bartenders and patrons KOMU talked to say drivers refuse to come.
So, this holiday season, Moberly drinkers need to find another safe way home.