Programs offering free rides to drunk drivers have been busy so far this holiday season, but the onslaught of calls to transport intoxicated revelers is still to come, according to representatives of two organizations.
Both the Taxitime and CareCab services are available only to people who become intoxicated at public places, such as bars or restaurants, not private parties. Rides of up to 20 miles are free.
Taxitime, a round-the-clock ride program, is sponsored by county beer distributors, who provide the service in conjunction with the Yellow Cab Co. of North Orange County and the Orange Coast Yellow Cab Co., spokesman Larry Goodson said. Taxitime's number is (714) 546-1311.
While the number of calls has not been tallied, the response to the service has been overwhelming, Goodson said.
As of Thursday night, CareCab, which is operated through CompCare Lifestyle, a health organization based in Santa Ana, had driven about 40 people home from bars or restaurants, spokeswoman Elaine Osborn said. CareCab's number is (714) 972-3902.