Tipsy Taxi service to start in mid-December

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If you find yourself too woozy to get behind the wheel, you may soon have help from the Tipsy Taxi.

The Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force is preparing for the seventh year of the local designated driver program.

Local businesses Abajian Motors, Professional Telephone Answering Service, Odom Distributing, McDonald Zaring Insurance, Union-Bulletin, Graphic Apparel, Inland Saxum Printing and Inland Cellular team up with the Traffic Safety Task Force to sponsor the program.

It runs Dec. 13-31 as a service to prevent people from driving under the influence during the holidays. Tipsy Taxi transports people home. It does not shuttle them to other drinking locations.

The Task Force is seeking volunteer drivers for an evening shift. Drivers are typically on duty 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m. on the scheduled evening.

Over the past six years, Tipsy Taxi has provided safe rides home to about 1,400 people, according to an announcement. Those interested in serving can contact Nancy Walters at 524-2936 for an information packet.

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