For many people, the Christmas spirit involves imbibing spirits from a little bubbly or some wine, beer or harder liquors. The spirit of the season -- and at times drinking more than we should -- carries through New Years.
To make sure partygoers and others who have celebrated a little too much make it home safely, the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force is again offering the Tipsy Taxi service. The free rides home began Dec. 16 and will run through New Year's Eve. Simply call 522-8299 between 6 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The service was relaunched in 2007, and last year it made sure approximately 200 people didn't drink and drive. It's impossible to know how many lives that may have saved, but even avoiding one death or injury makes the effort worthwhile.
This is a tremendous example of how volunteering can make a difference. There are nearly 30 volunteer drivers and several businesses, such as Abajian Motors, Inland Cellular, McDonald Zaring, Inland Saxum, Graphic Apparel and Odem Corporation, contribute products or services. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin provides free advertising space to help get the word out.
If you find that you have partied too heartily, or if you are just to exhausted to stay awake, do yourself and the community a favor and call 522-8299.