More than 500 people got home safely New Year's Eve night thanks to a partnership between Topeka's yellow Cab and AAA Kansas.
The "Care Cab" service provided 226 rides. Organizers say those rides assisted approximately 565 people.
The Care Cab was offered from 10 pm New Year's Eve night thru 4 am New Year's morning.
Yellow Cab owner Chris Avey said in a news release that the number of rides given was about 40 more than last year.
The Care Cab program is funded by AAA and Yellow Cab to help keep people safe in Topeka during New Year’s Eve and to call attention to the size and scope of impaired driving crashes. Nearly a third of all motor vehicle fatalities are alcohol-related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That amounted to 10,322 alcohol-related fatalities in 2012. In Kansas, on average, 137 people are killed each year in alcohol-related crashes. While nine percent of all crashes have been alcohol-related over the past five New Year’s Eve holidays of record in Kansas, 15 percent of all injuries sustained and 50 percent of all fatalities have been alcohol-related.
AAA emphasizes the year-round practices of planning ahead by arranging transportation or designating a driver in advance. That does not mean designating someone to drive who has had the least amount to drink, and never ride as a passenger with someone who has been drinking at all. Take keys from friends/family who may be impaired, and if you encounter an impaired driver, keep a safe distance and call 911.