December 30, 2017




Alert Cab launches again for New Year’s Eve

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus, left, received the 2017 Community Award from 
Dana Distributors' Tom Kennedy during the Alert Cab briefing

GOSHEN – The Alert Cab services in Orange, Sullivan and Rockland counties will once again offer rides home from bars on New Year’s Eve compliments of Dana Distributors in Goshen. This is the 32nd year the Budweiser beer distributor offered the service, this year with 18 cab companies in the three counties participating.

The message is don’t drink and drive, said Dana’s marketing director Tom Kennedy said Friday while surrounded by police officers during the annual event announcing the program.

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said drunk driving arrests are down by 16.7 percent in the county because people are people are “paying attention” to the message.

“What we found in Orange County since the last four years since we implemented this program is that about nine percent of the individuals that are arrested for alcohol related offenses – driving while impaired or driving drunk – have a substance or alcohol abuse problem that we have to deal with in the criminal justice system,” Hoovler said. “They have to go to treatment before they will be allowed to plead guilty to something, and we think that that nine percent is the nine percent that is at the gravest risk of injuring all of us.”

Stony Point Town Councilman Thomas Basile said the Alert Cab program “saves lives.”

State Senator William Larkin said education is a key to reducing drunk driving.

Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois, Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff and Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco all had the same message – don’t become a statistic.

Chester Police Chief Daniel Doellinger, president of the Orange County Police Chiefs’ Association, assured the public that the police “will be stepping up” patrols during the New Year’s holiday period.

“Don’t be a jerk,” was the message from State Assemblyman Karl Brabenec.


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