CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The best way for Charleston revelers to get a free taxi ride home after New Year's Eve celebrations is with the local cab company's smartphone application.
And police said everyone should use that free service or get another safe ride home because officers are out in full force to catch impaired drivers.
Jeb Corey, CEO of C&H Taxi, said his company is giving free rides home to anyone who requests it through the "IntoxiTaxi" program starting Monday and lasting until the morning hours of Tuesday.
Cab drivers will take customers on any trip that starts or ends in Kanawha County up to 15 miles. Any distance beyond that and the passenger must pay the remainder out of pocket, Corey said.
The service's conditions are the person requesting the ride must be going straight home -- not to another bar or party. And everyone in the cab must buckle up.
The easiest way to request a cab is with the free C&H Taxi application for the iPhone or Android. Customers won't have to find a cab on the street and could skip hold times trying to reach a dispatcher, he said.
"Once a taxi is assigned to you for you trip, [the application] will keep you updated and you can watch as your taxi arrives on a digital map," he said.
Callers can also request the IntoxiTaxi by calling 304-344-4902.
On an average weeknight, C&H Taxi gives about 350 rides. That number is expected to double this holiday, he said.
The free rides are co-sponsored by Capitol Beverage, West Virginia Radio, and Heineken.