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Verbatim: Free cab rides begin Thursday

Statement issued Wednesday:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Mayor Tom Henry joined with local taxi companies and other local businesses today to announce the return of the 23rd annual Holiday Cab program.

The program, which will run from Thursday, December 16, through Saturday, January 1, offers free cab rides home for people within a 10-miles radius of downtown to provide additional safety for residents during the holidays.

“The Holiday Cab program offers an important public safety benefit to the City of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “This program keeps our roads even safer during the holiday season. In a year when many programs have had to reduce the services they provide, it’s wonderful to see this group of interested business people come together once again to give this holiday gift to the community.”

The free cab rides home are available from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. from Thursday through Saturday, January 1. People needing a cab ride must call the Holiday Cab Hotline, 460-4710, to request a ride. Participating cab and limo services will take people home from a business or party within a 10-mile radius of downtown Fort Wayne. Reservations are not accepted, and the cabs will only take people home – not to another bar or restaurant.

“Fort Wayne’s would-be impaired drivers always have options – and this holiday season it’s cost-free,” said Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York. “There is no excuse for drinking and driving so make the right decision to keep our roads safe.”

“I’m so happy that we are able to offer this program for the 23rd straight year,” said Rita Junk, a member of the Holiday Cab organizing committee. “I want to thank all of the participants and sponsors who have made the program possible.”

“I commend the dedicated companies who help provide this charitable service to Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry.

Participating taxi companies this year are: Deluxe Taxi Cab, AAA Taxi, A-1 Limo and Deluxe Limo – Airport. Supporters and contributors to this year’s program are: AALCO Distributing Company, Anheuser-Bush IN-BEV, Communication Networks, the UAW – CAP Council and the Fort Wayne Tavern Owners Association.

Organizers will be posting information about the program at local bars and restaurants.

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