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With 2013 coming to a close, many residents rely on "Tipsy Tow" or other services in the city as a safe ride home.

This year Big Daddy's Tow Company, a tow truck service through AAA, doesn’t know for sure if they will be using "Tipsy Tow". Mike's Towing Company said they don’t have the man power to take home intoxicated residents.

There are other options that provide safe ride, the city's taxi service.

The only 2 taxi companies in town, Skylark Taxi and Wichita Star Taxi are stepping up to prepare for a busy night.

"We'll have full force out there.  We'll be operating 24 hours a day like we do every other day out the week,” said Owner of Wichita Star Taxi, Claudio Ramirez.

"Here in town, normally 16 cars will sufficiently cover it. I anticipate that will be plenty due to the fact that the Airmen are on Exodus right now," said President of Skylark Taxi, Kevin Callahan.

Skylark Taxi however, doesn’t expect much more people on New Year's Eve than any other night.

I don't really see it that way. I think it's going to be the same people who have taken advantage of the program before. We hope more people take advantage of it. If they do we'll be prepared to handle any additional volume," said Callahan.

As expected, there will be an abundance of 15 to 20 calls on New Year's Eve being backed up, but there is a plan. 

"We do get backed up. The dispatchers will have a list of the calls. We ask for the name, and once we load the people, the dispatchers get who we loaded and scratches them off the list," said Ramirez.

The 2 taxi companies offer different services Tuesday night, but won't turn anyone away who might have too much to drink.

"We do what the city tells us. We charge them by the meter time and mileage," said Ramirez. 

"We always do a free ride home for people who are intoxicated. We have an agreement with some of the establishments in town that serve alcohol. They do a call share with us even after the hours so that they help out with the calls," said Callahan.

Skylark Taxi will be offering rides all day New Year's Eve, but the free service will only be from 11 pm to 12:30 am. 

Both Ramirez and Callahan agree by wanting people to have fun New Year's Eve, but if you must drink, do not drive. Skylark Taxi and Wichita Star Taxi's fare is a lot cheaper than paying for a DWI.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6
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