NORTH CREEK - Crowds rang in the New Year at various locations across the North Country, with no accidents or DWI arrests being reported in the local region for the third year in a row, according to the Warren County Sheriff Department.
For the third consecutive year, Brant Lake Taxi offered "Operation Safe Ride" in the North Creek region, to foster a safe New Year's Eve celebration. They offered free rides to all residents in a 19 town radius from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m.
Mike Turano, manager of Brant Lake Taxi, reported there were 214 people that took advantage of the program, along with 1108 miles driven by four cars combined. All drivers could not afford a break until the end of the evening because the ride volume.
"The phones never stopped ringing," said Turano's wife Cindy, who assumed the role of dispatcher for the night. "There were 335 incoming calls total for the night," she said.
New Year's Eve often brings irresponsible driving and Brant Lake Taxi is pleased to offer this service as both a necessity and a service to the local community, according to owner's, Don Butler and Keith Wilkinson.
"It's always been about giving back to the people who support us through the year," they said. "We want everyone to be able to have a good time and get home safe."
Brant Lake Taxi owes its thanks to the business's that have supported the program over the past few years. Specifically, they expressed gratitude to Laura's Bar, The Barking Spider, OP Fredricks, Adirondack Moonshine, The North Creek Business Alliance, Barvino, J& J's, The Place, The Black Bear, Witherbee's, Point O Pines, CB's, Riding High Ranch, Green Mansions, The Panther Mountain Pub and Jim Fregoe.
Brant Lake Taxi expects to continue Operation Safe Ride each year while a demand exists.