MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – This year is on track to be the deadliest on South Carolina roads since 2007.
South Carolina Highway Patrol’s website reports 875 fatal crashes in 2015, compared to 744 in 2014.
“I think it’s distracted driving, texting as well as drinking and driving,” said Randy Smith. “You see it everyday when you ride the roads. Everybody is involved in something other than driving.”
Diamond Cab has been offering free rides to people on New Year’s Eve for the past 15 years. The company almost cancelled its Safe Ride Program this year, but the manager assured News13 the program is back on.
“It’s our second most-profitable night of the year,” said General Manager Joshua Rauzi.
However, he says New Year’s Eve is also an opportunity to give back. His father was killed in a drunk driving accident.
“Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that do start drinking and they decide to maybe save a couple of dollars, instead of taking a taxi,” he explained.
Rauzi says offering rides for free not only helps the community, it saves lives.
“If you don’t have a sober driver, call a taxi,” he urges.
Rauzi estimates the average taxi ride cost is between $15 and $20, and says Diamond Cab will give about 300 free rides this New Year’s Eve.