New Year's Eve busy night on road for cab, limo companies, police patrols

Limos still available for rent

INDIANAPOLIS - As revelers prepare to celebrate the New Year, metro police will have extra patrols on the lookout for drunk drivers, and limousine and cab companies are also gearing up for one of their busiest nights of the year.

"There's so many options other than drinking and driving. I'm not sure why people ever choose to get behind the wheel," said Kristie Carter, who has been running Advanced Limousines since 2004.

Carter made the decision to start the limo business after losing two of her uncles and a cousin in drunken driving crashes.

"The cost of losing your life or  taking someone else's life or being in a bad accident or getting pulled over for a DUI, and it costing you a few days at work, or maybe your career depends on a license… that could have a huge impact on you and everyone around you," Carter said.

Every year in the U.S., 10,000 people are killed in drunken driving crashes.

Police will have several extra patrols out across central Indiana on New Year's Eve, and the DUI task force will also be the road.

For people in need of a ride, Yellow Cab will have all of its drivers on the clock.

"Today and tonight will be a pretty busy day," said Tim Neville, with Indianapolis Yellow Cab. "From about 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow, we'll field about 10,000 calls."

Yellow Cab will have 160 cars out Monday night, but Neville recommends calling ahead at least two hours for a ride.

At Advanced Limousines, there are still vehicles available. Carter said whether partiers ride in one of her limos or a cab, she just hopes people who drink will not get behind the wheel.

"It's good to know, when you have a client that (the driver has) to carry into their home because they're so intoxicated, that you saved their life," Carter said. "You have no idea where they may have ended up."

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