Stop-DWI free taxi rides set for New Year’s Eve

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Traffic Safety Board will again sponsor a New Year’s Eve Free Taxi Ride Program, which runs late Sunday into early Monday throughout the county.

“They’re offering it again,” board Chairwoman Margaret Luck said Wednesday.

The program has been run for over 25 years and has been very successful, officials say.

Luck said she is happy to be part of an organization that oversees an annual program to help people “drink responsibly” and “be responsible” by taking the free New Year’s Eve taxis.

The program is run specifically through the county’s STOP-DWI Program administered by Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nellis.

The New Year’s Eve Free Taxi Ride Program is designed to give New Year’s Eve revelers in Fulton County a safe ride home from bars and house parties.

“It’s a one-time ride,” county District Attorney Chad Brown stressed Wednesday.

Brown said free rides will be offered to homes only, from approximately midnight Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday. The Fulton County STOP-DWI Program is again sponsoring Glove City Taxi of Gloversville to provide the free taxi rides to county residents.

People who have had too much to drink to drive safely can call (518) 773-7998 and go home free.

“In the last six years, we’ve had over 2,000 riders,” Brown stated. “Those are people who possibly could have been in a situation that was much worse.”

The program was first established as a way to prevent several New Year’s Eve fatalities that occurred in the 1980s, officials have said.

The goal is to keep the roads safe and allow people to have an enjoyable holiday, says Brown.

This dispatch system is available to pick people up who are leaving a party and take them directly home, and not another party.

The district attorney said the county compensates Glove City Taxi over $1,000 for the four-hour program. But he said that many times the taxi company will voluntarily start the program before midnight, not charging the county for the extra time. Rides are available to go anywhere in Fulton County.

Glove City Taxi is Fulton County’s largest taxi service.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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