The community New Year’s Taxi service will be up and running but local law enforcement agencies will not be behind the wheel.
“We have done this service for the community for a long time,” Program Director for Eagle Country Scott Donovan said. “We see it as a community service and the sponsors really believe in it and the people that use the service are very thankful we are there. This taxi service is for picking people up and taking them home in a safe and friendly manor. We won’t pick you up and take you to another party.”
There will be volunteers available to provide a safe ride during New Year’s Eve from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. Volunteers will pick you up anywhere in Barton County for a minimum fee of $5 per person and take you safely home.
According to the Great Bend Police Department, the fines for drinking and driving are pretty steep.
A first offense is a minimum of 48 hours in jail, $500 to $1,000 in fines and a 30-day license suspension. Second offense is 90 days up to one year in jail, $1,000 to $1,500 in fines and a one year license suspension. Third offense is 90 days up to one year in jail, $1,500 to $2,500 in fines and one year license suspension. The forth offense is 180 days up to a year in jail, $2,500 minimum in fines and a one year license suspension.
“We encourage people not to drink and drive and to use this service,” Great Bend Chief of Police Cliff Couch said.
To use this service call 620-639-8294.