New Taxi Squad Announced For New Year’s Eve

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — There have been no drunk driving deaths in the state for the last four years on New Year’s Eve. Police are hoping tonight becomes a fifth in a row.

The State Patrol warns, if you are arrested for DWI, you can lose your license for up to a year and face thousands of dollars in fines, plus jail time.

But now, there’s a new tool that’s helping serve as a reminder. It’s called The Taxi Squad and it kicks off on New Year’s Eve.

The Taxi Squad is a unique car: Half of it is painted to resemble a police car and the other half looks like a taxi. It contains the words “Choose Your Ride” — to remind motorists they can choose a taxi or sober cab, instead of a squad car.

It will make stops at bars, clubs and restaurants throughout Anoka County. Authorities say it won’t have enforcement duties or actually provide rides.

The Taxi Squad was announced by the Anoka County Toward Zero Tolerance/Driving While Intoxicated Task Force on Monday in Fridley.

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