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Dec 31, 2013 1:39 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Local cab companies give tips on how to get a taxi on New Year's Eve night

Local cab companies are gearing up for one of the busiest nights of the year- New Year's Eve. One company said cabs will be in short supply in San Luis Obispo County, but KSBY has some tips on how to get a taxi to get you home. Larry Linnenburger, the day manager for 234-TAXI in Grover Beach, said if you need a cab on Tuesday night between the popular hours of 6pm to 6am, don't expect one to come right away. He said it can take some time, and people will need to be patient. "I would suggest that you call, an hour ahead of time, if its at 12 midnight, and you want a cab at 1am, I would call at 12 midnight," said Linnenburger. He said the dispatcher will be busy, but don't give up calling. He said, "Just be persistent, just, it's a high call volume day, so if people can understand that, that'd be great, just keep calling, we'll get to you." Linnenburger said with only three local taxi cab companies servicing San Luis Obispo County, the reality is, not everyone who wants or needs a cab will get one. 234-TAXI said it has a fleet of 12 for all of SLO County. But, local law enforcement said the responsibility of safety comes down to you. Police said people need to prepare in advanced on how they're getting home, whether that means finding a designated driver, or booking that taxi. "Sometimes that's just the way it is. I mean, on certain nights, there are not enough taxis in the whole county that are gonna fill that need. It's just, be patient. You're just gonna have to be patient and wait for the cab," said Linnenburger. Another option for partiers to get home is to use AAA's Tipsy Tow service. It's a free service open to everyone, even if you're not a AAA member. They will tow home drivers and their cars within a 7-mile distance. For more information on the Tipsy Tow service, call 1-800-400-4222 after 6 p.m. or click here.

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