Designated Drivers For Fourth of July

Jaffa King

Designated Drivers For Fourth of July

CREATED Jul. 4, 2012
RANCHO MIRAGE - Rancho Mirage-based attorney Walter Clark will again offer free taxi rides for restaurant and bar patrons who drink too much during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.  
 
The Safe Ride Home Taxi Program will be offered over two nights:
From 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, through 2 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4; and
From 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, through 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 5.
 
"We want to help keep impaired drivers off the road and hope to help those whose celebration may put them at risk, so they don't put anyone else at risk,'' Clark said.  "The focus of the 4th should be our independence and pride in our country."
 
Requests for the taxi rides must be placed by staff from a restaurant, bar, or hotel.  
 
Three local taxi companies will provide partiers with free cab rides home, which have a one-way, 15-mile limit to final lodging or residential destinations only.  
 
The passenger will be responsible for tipping the driver. No pre-arranged rides are allowed, and rides will not be provided from one business or bar to another.
 
Participating companies include:
Airport Taxi at (760) 328-2227
American Cab at (760) 322-4444
Yellow Cab of the Desert at (760) 340-TAXI (8294)

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