Where in the world is Larry Slagle?

31 Mar

Somewhere in Orange County, most likely.  And I need to find him so I can share some stories that might inspire his decision to join the fight against drunk driving!

Many organizations combine forces with taxi services across the nation to offer safe-ride programs when certain holidays approach.  The Washington Regional Alcohol Program offered free taxi rides from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on New Year’s Eve to help keep roads clear of drunken drivers.  A law firm in the bay area, Berg Injury Lawyers, once again sponsored a “Safe and Sober Free Cab Ride Home” program on St. Patrick’s Day for anyone living in the greater San Francisco area.  SoberRide in Austin, Texas, offered free rides (up to a $30 fare) for residents on the 4th of July, a traditionally high-risk period for impaired drivers.  In 2009, the Lev Foundation, a non-profit organization based out of Beverly Hills, offered free $10 taxi cab vouchers in an effort to keep tipsy drivers from getting behind the wheel during the winter holiday season.

These are just a few of the thousands of organizations that have offered such programs to decrease the number of alcohol-related fatalities during a time of holiday-infused celebration.  However, people drive drunk year round, so the majority of these programs don’t apply to all the other DUIs and accidents that occur on a daily basis.

Good news, though.  Cab companies are aware of this and are putting their first foot forward in creating a safe-ride program that will work 365 days a years.  Diamond Cab Company, a Grand Stand taxi company in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is currently proposing extending a holiday free rides program to a full year operation.  The service would allow bartenders to call and arrange a free ride home for any drunk customers. It was so successful during the winter holiday season that funding ran dry quicker than expected.  The mayor of Myrtle Beach, John Rhodes, suggested the company “get bars and liquor stores to participate; anyone selling the beverages should be a part of making it safe.”

It’s time for Orange County Yellow Cab to join the movement.  With all the night life this popular Southern California region has to offer, and the long list of community colleges and universities that draw in crowds of young adults every year, not to mention the beautiful West Coast weather that attracts hoards of tourists each summer, it just seems to make sense.  If you’ve followed my blog, you have a pretty good idea of all the lives that are twisted, shaken, destroyed because of one, single, wrong decision that can so easily be prevented.  A profit can be made and lives can be saved.  So, Larry, what are you waiting for?

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