CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- C&H Taxi expects to have more than double its usual number of calls late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as people celebrate the new year.
The cab company will continue its tradition of making sure people have a safe way home New Year's Eve by offering courtesy "IntoxiTaxi" rides.
Police are stepping up patrols during the holiday to look for drivers impaired from too much celebration.
The free taxi ride is good for 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, said Jeb Corey, owner of C&H.
"We usually do about 600 calls that evening, about twice as much as what we normally do," Corey said.
There are a few exceptions to the free service, Corey said. The person requesting the ride must be going straight home -- not to another bar or party. And everyone in the taxi must be buckled up, he said.
The passengers must also be able to say "IntoxiTaxi" before the ride can begin. Corey said the keyword is to ensure the passenger is awake and aware of their surroundings.