Police Step Up Enforcement for "Green" Holiday

Curt Casper

OMAHA (KPTM) - St. Patrick's Day is just around the cornerand law enforcement will once again be cracking down on drunk driving. Eventhough most will be starting the celebration at six in the morning, there arestill safe ways to get home after the party.

Entertaining is just one of many words taxi driver MattDeVore describes the "green" holiday.

"It doesn't matter if it is Tuesday or Sunday, it's thebusiest day of the year," he said.

Once again, DeVore will be out driving around costumers forthe tenth year in a row. To him, more people are turning to taxis after thecelebration.

"Progressively getting busier and busier," he said.

Part of the stream of business may be attributed to theHauptman O'Brien program provided by Happy Cabs of Omaha. The program allowsindividuals to take a free taxi ride any time of the day on Sunday; HauptmanO'Brien Wolf and Lathrop, P.C pay for the tab.

And law enforcement is encouraging more partiers to takeadvantage of the free services provided by taxi companies.

Douglas County Sheriff Lt. Rob Jones said, "Don't get behindthe wheel if there is any doubt in your mind that you have too much."

The Omaha Police Department is also stepping upenforcement for the weekend thanks to a new grant. There will be extra officerson the street through Monday.