Local taxi companies are currently giving free rides to those who need a ride home in an effort to deter Driving While Intoxicated and prevent holiday celebrations from ending in tragedy or arrest. They will continue to offer free rides through Jan. 1, 2011.
"The local taxi companies providing free rides this holiday season truly embody the spirit and generosity we hope to endear," said County Executive Ed Mangano. "Don't drink and drive…instead, take the free ride."
Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey supports these efforts and believes the public should be aware of this generous offer of public service.
"If any of our residents and customers need a free ride home, after drinking at a local tavern, bar, restaurant or catering hall, through Jan. 1, 2011, call 326-9090," Mulvey stated. "Your local taxi companies throughout Nassau and Eastern Queens, are offering free rides, in an effort to prevent drunk driving, which could be deadly."
Participating providers include:
- Deluxe Transportation (Port Washington)
- Ollie's Taxi & Airport Service
- All Island Transportation (Locations in Garden City, Lynbrook, Merrick, Mineola and Rockville Centre)
- Taxi Latino
- Luxury Transportation
- Glen Belle Car Service
"I am pleased to support and promote this generous offer of public service by the local taxi companies listed above," said Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey. "There is no acceptable excuse for DWI with this offer of a free ride. If you do so in Nassau County, you will be arrested."
Too many people, despite having too much to drink, are reluctant to give up his or her keys, or have no way to get back to their cars the next day. These taxi companies, will also give you a free ride back to the driver's car the next day.
"With the free rides there is no excuse for driving while intoxicated and the free rides are a great public service that will prevent holiday celebrations from ending in tragedy or arrest," said Leg. Wayne Wink (D - Roslyn). "Don't drink and drive take the free ride and get home safely."
"We are offering this service because we want our customers and the community to enjoy the holidays and stay safe, too," said Ray Bagnato, sales manager at Deluxe Transportation.
"We want all or our residents and customers to be safe over the holiday season," said Marianne Blessinger, president of Ollie's Taxi and Airport Service. "During this joyous time of year, our goal is to prevent or stop any horrible tragedies. If we can avoid one accident or someone from being injured it is well worth it. Don't drink and drive, let your transportation companies be your designated driver and keep you safe."