ASPEN SHERRIFF, JUDGES, PROSECUTORS AND COMMUNITY UNITE IN SUPPORT OF TIPSY TAXI
The Aspen (Colorado) Tipsy
Taxi program helps keep both locals and tourists safe from the devastation
caused by drunk drivers by offering an alternative to impaired driving.
Tipsy Taxi is a Safe Ride Program operated by the Pitkin County Sheriffs
Office with the support of local government, businesses, the criminal
justice system and local leaders. Bartenders and peace officers are authorized
to distribute vouchers good for up to $75, ensuring that those who may
have had too much to drink can get a free taxicab ride home.
The program operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and during its 18-year existence has given more than 20,000 safe rides home. Through the years the program's budget has ranged from $7,000 to $60,000 per year. Deputy Ellen Anderson, who heads up Tipsy Taxi, stresses that all funds raised go directly to getting people safe rides home. She adds that all administrative costs are absorbed by the Pitkin County Sheriffs Office or from specially earmarked donations and contributions made by private citizens and local businesses alike.
Since the inception of Tipsy Taxi in 1983, deaths caused by drunk drivers
A model partnership, Tipsy Taxi is administered by a volunteer advisory board including representatives from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, the Aspen Police Department, the Pitkin County attorney, emergency room physicians, local businesses, the local restaurant association, the local taxi
|company, the recovering community and citizens at large. Aspen's Tipsy Taxi has served as a model for similar programs throughout the United States and even Europe. For more information, contact Deputy(Retired) Ellen Anderson, Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, 970-923-5064, or visit the web site at www.tipsytaxi.com|
Impaired driving is an
ongoing problem, and the most effective Designated Driver programs are available
year round. There are, however, key points during the year where impaired
driving seems to be at its worst: during the summer months and the winter
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) You Drink & Drive. You Lose. campaign stages two law enforcement mobilizations each year over the July 4th weekend and during the winter holidays to help raise the driving public's awareness of the devastating toll impaired driving exacts on families, neighborhoods and communities all across America. As you plan your Designated Driver program, consider staging high-profile events or activities during these mobilization periods to support law enforcements efforts and save lives.