Several Nassau County taxi services are offering free rides for residents looking for a way to get home after drinking at a local bar or catering hall through Jan. 1. Nassau residents who need a ride can call 516-326-9090.
Local taxi companies throughout Nassau and eastern Queens, including Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service, All Island Transportation, All Island Yellow Cab, Taxi Latino and Glen Belle Car Service, will be offering the free rides in an effort to prevent drunk driving.
“Nassau County Police will be targeting drunk drivers and looking to prevent the kind of senseless alcohol-related accidents that too often occur during the holidays. My message is clear: If you drink and drive here in Nassau County, you will be arrested and prosecuted. I urge everyone to be responsible and to plan accordingly so all can return home safely to their loved ones,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
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 provide a free ride back to the driver’s car the following day.
“We want all of 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 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.”