Nearly 900 people took advantage of the Tipsy Taxi on New Year’s Eve, a record number for the program sponsored by DCCCA, the drug prevention and substance abuse treatment agency.
The increased numbers were a result of more publicity about the service, which provided free rides home for people celebrating on New Year’s, said Jen Jordan, prevention coordinator at DCCCA.
“There was just quite a lot of buzz about it,” said Jordan of the Tipsy Taxi, now in its 27th year.
The 877 people who received rides is more than double last year’s total of 420. The program is funded by donations, primarily from area businesses, such as Johnny’s Tavern, which provided $200 this year.
“It’s part of my community responsibility,” said Rick Renfro, Johnny’s owner. Renfro said he’s been donating for the Tipsy Taxi every year, and would like to see it expand to other days of the year.
Jordan said this year’s service cost about $2,000, though the agency raised less than $1,000. DCCCA is still accepting donations, and those interested can call Jordan at 785-841-4138.