Law Group, Taxis Team Up to Provide Free Rides Home

Posted: Updated: Dec 28, 2012 11:11 PM EST

Partying on New Year's Eve is a fun, holiday tradition, but can have deadly consequences.   There are ways to enjoy the festivities while staying safe. Securing a free ride is as easy as sending a text message. With plenty of options at your fingertips, there is no excuse to drink and drive this holiday season.

Once again, Chandler Law Group is footing the bill to make sure you get home safe this New Year's Eve. "We've got a hundred taxi cabs between Yellow Cab and Anytime Taxi that are ready to haul people home and will be out in force," said Mark Brown, owner of Yellow Cab Taxi.

On New Year's Eve, bartenders also try to do their part and monitor alcohol intake, but it's a difficult task.

"Typically we end up getting people that have been drinking at home early or drinking at other bars and then they come down here and end their evening here," said Tammy Lee, bartender at Escafe. 

Bartenders say they see safety in numbers. "People that come in groups are usually the ones that are really good about making sure to keep track of everyone and then to make sure they get their cabs arranged earlier," said Lee.   

A 10-mile cab ride costs about $25, but picking up your keys after having a few drinks could cost you thousands. Charlottesville police say a DUI could cost you anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000.    

Now, you can even reserve a cab in advance online with the click of a mouse, or download free mobile applications, like Taxi Magic, to book a cab in minutes. "It will transmit your GPS to our computer and then automatically dispatch a cab, and you don't even have to talk to anybody any longer," said Brown.

The free cab ride only works on Yellow Cabs and will only take you home. "It won't work if you're trying to go from one bar to another," said Brown.  

On all nights, but especially New Year's Eve, being responsible will cost you a lot less than a DUI. "Be safe, go in groups, make sure you're always looking out for your friends and just be responsible," said Lee.     

New Year's Eve is a busy night for taxi drivers so wait times may be abnormal. Yellow Cab says being patient is important, and waiting an hour or two for a cab is always smarter than getting behind the wheel.