McDivitt Law Firm will pay for Yellow Cab rides within Colorado Springs this New Year’s Eve.
Attorney Mike McDivitt said he came up with the idea after he was startled by a recent survey that ranked Colorado Springs as the nation’s third drunkest city.
“I love this town, and I just didn’t dream we’d have this type of drinking problem,” said McDivitt, who estimated that 30 percent of his personal injury clients were hurt in drunken driving accidents.
The free Yellow Cab rides will be given between 10 p.m. Dec. 31 and 4 a.m. Jan. 1 to anyone who has been drinking alcohol or who doesn’t feel they have a safe way home.
McDivitt was careful to note that cab rides will only be given to residential addresses and not from bar to bar.
He said he doesn’t know how much the cab rides will cost, but estimates he’ll pay for about 1,800 cab rides.
McDivitt hopes the free rides will raise drunk-driving awareness, but admitted that there’s a good deal of publicity and exposure that will come as a result of the free rides.
“There’s certainly no drawback there,” he said.