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Taxi voucher offered for perilous party weekend

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Local law enforcement agencies plan to have their DWI patrols out in force this coming weekend, as St. Patrick's Day is one of the busiest holidays of the year in Buffalo. With that in mind, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard Monday announced an anti-drinking and driving campaign aimed at keeping drunk drivers off the roads.

Howard says a DWI conviction can cost more than $8,000 with in fines, higher insurance rates, legal fees, and the cost of an ignition interlock. 

"That's for the people that are lucky enough that they got caught without an accident. If we've got an accident involved, now it's another whole world, including incarceration when someone is killed or seriously injured," Howard said Monday.

Liberty Cab is offering a free ride of up to 25 miles for people who have had too muck to drink from Friday night through noon Sunday.

Vouchers for the service will be available at bars in the Chippewa District. Other establishments are expected to take part, as well.

For more information, interested parties can call 877-7111.  Patrons can also download a free app called Taxi Magic on any smartphone.