According to statistics released by the Sheridan Police Department, the Tipsy Taxi program has in part led to a 24 percent decrease in the number of DUI arrests - despite increased DUI enforcement by the department. Sheridan Police Chief, Richard Adriaens, explains what the program is all about.
The Tipsy Taxi program began in July of 2012, which in Sheridan is rodeo season. And rodeo season typically means there's plenty of alcohol to go around. As Chief Adriaens explains, the program is entirely funded by donations and run by dedicated members of the community.
Chief Adriaens says each month, 140 people use the Tipsy Taxi. Based on the number of users during this pilot phase of the program, two taxis will run every hour, every day. And if more users benefit from the program, there's the possibility of it expanding even more.
The following liquor establishments and distributors have made donations to the Tipsy Taxi program:
OK Corral/City Liquor, Inc.
D&B Liquors (Rendezvous Liquor)
Big Horn Mt. Eagles #4169
Big Horn Beverage
Main Street Tavern
Black Tooth Brewery