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18 Nov 2012 02:09 PM   |   12759 clicks   |   Peoria Journal Star
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zamboni    [TotalFark]  
They've had one parked on a busy road in our town for a few years. It says something like "Choose your ride if you drink" or something like that.

18 Nov 2012 11:02 AM
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BarkingUnicorn    [TotalFark]  
Tazewell County? LOL!

18 Nov 2012 11:25 AM
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Friskya    [TotalFark]  
A deputy who drove it to Pekin from Springfield noticed a car speeding from behind at about 90 mph, Huston said. The driver apparently believed he was approaching a cab until he pulled alongside the vehicle and realized its true identity.

"Then it was like his brakes locked," Huston said.


You know, I could actually see something like this working out fine.

18 Nov 2012 01:22 PM
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Barfmaker    [TotalFark]  
An article about how a car looks and there's no photo of the car?

18 Nov 2012 01:25 PM
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Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     
From the article: "Everyone who sees that thing will be talking about it, and that's the point," Huston said during a news conference to show off his department's newest tool to curb drunken driving.

Closer to the point, everyone who sees that thing will be slurring incoherently about it, but STILL...

18 Nov 2012 02:12 PM
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Hilary T. N. Seuss     
I'd probably be dumb enough to hop into the back of that car perfectly sober and tell the cop, "The airport, and step on it!"

18 Nov 2012 02:15 PM
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davynelson     
i hear it's very difficult to put photos up on the internet

18 Nov 2012 02:15 PM
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Joce678     

Friskya:
"Then it was like his brakes locked," Huston said.

You know, I could actually see something like this working out fine.


Next line: "The Choose Your Ride car will not be used in regular police work, although after the episode with the highway speeder"

18 Nov 2012 02:18 PM
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biggusJmanus     
So why's it stupid subby?

18 Nov 2012 02:18 PM
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GBB     

BarkingUnicorn: Tazewell County? LOL!

2nded

18 Nov 2012 02:21 PM
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the_chief     
Legalize drunk driving NOW!!!

18 Nov 2012 02:23 PM
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GBB     

davynelson: i hear it's very difficult to put photos up on the internet


Double prints aren't as cheap as they used to be. Besides, there aren't too many manufactures of high quality internet film these days.

18 Nov 2012 02:24 PM
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chevy ll fast     
Fast cab

18 Nov 2012 02:26 PM
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TuteTibiImperes    [TotalFark]  
It would be neat to have a service where you could 'rent' a designated driver.

The problem with taxis is that unless you take one to the bar in the first place, your car is now back at the bar when you're at home, and you have to get another cab ride to go back and pick it up, or get someone to drop you off.

I propose a service where you call up a service that drops off a driver to drive you and your car back home again, and then picks that driver back up again at your house.

I could see it being economical - after all, the service wouldn't need any vehicle of their own other than a few passenger vans to drop off and pick up the drivers from bar to house and back again.

18 Nov 2012 02:27 PM
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MesscanBandito     
Or maybe we could just encourage bars to provide overnight parking if we were really concerned about drunk driving

18 Nov 2012 02:29 PM
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proton     
I'm not sure I get the stupid tag. Can someone please explain?

18 Nov 2012 02:29 PM
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Nothing To See Here     
I think I saw this on the radio. . .



Where's the freakin pictures?

18 Nov 2012 02:29 PM
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Rozinante     

TuteTibiImperes: It would be neat to have a service where you could 'rent' a designated driver.


We've got it here. They have two drivers and another car so you and your car make it home.

18 Nov 2012 02:32 PM
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iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  
If you are drinking to forget; you will need to pay in advance.

Also, drunk driving is bad, if this helps reduce drunk driving; then I am for it.

18 Nov 2012 02:32 PM
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sloshyj     
www.yellowcabsa.com

18 Nov 2012 02:34 PM
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Now I Is!     
forums.watchuseek.com

18 Nov 2012 02:35 PM
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Nothing To See Here     

sloshyj: [www.yellowcabsa.com image 600x373]


Thank you

18 Nov 2012 02:37 PM
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mongbiohazard     
I don't know why the stupid tag, seems pretty clever to me.

I have a tablet in a mount on the dashboard of my car (a big blue Buick), and a few weeks ago I was on the ICC here in Maryland when some dude came up behind me in a brand new, top of the line Mercedes. I was doing about 80 and he caught up to me like I was standing still. I moved over to let him pass and when he got next to me I saw him look over and he must have seen my tablet, thought I was a cop, because he slammed on his brakes. He dropped behind me and refused to pass me, no matter how much I slowed down. I actually slammed on my brakes at one point just to check, and dropped down to 55 and he kept behind me the whole time. It was kind of funny.

18 Nov 2012 02:39 PM
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machodonkeywrestler     

TuteTibiImperes: It would be neat to have a service where you could 'rent' a designated driver.

The problem with taxis is that unless you take one to the bar in the first place, your car is now back at the bar when you're at home, and you have to get another cab ride to go back and pick it up, or get someone to drop you off.

I propose a service where you call up a service that drops off a driver to drive you and your car back home again, and then picks that driver back up again at your house.

I could see it being economical - after all, the service wouldn't need any vehicle of their own other than a few passenger vans to drop off and pick up the drivers from bar to house and back again.


These services are everywhere.

18 Nov 2012 02:40 PM
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thamike     

sloshyj: [www.yellowcabsa.com image 600x373]


That's actually pretty cool.

/and Tazewell!

18 Nov 2012 02:40 PM
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thamike     

mongbiohazard: I don't know why the stupid tag, seems pretty clever to me.

I have a tablet in a mount on the dashboard of my car (a big blue Buick), and a few weeks ago I was on the ICC here in Maryland when some dude came up behind me in a brand new, top of the line Mercedes. I was doing about 80 and he caught up to me like I was standing still. I moved over to let him pass and when he got next to me I saw him look over and he must have seen my tablet, thought I was a cop, because he slammed on his brakes. He dropped behind me and refused to pass me, no matter how much I slowed down. I actually slammed on my brakes at one point just to check, and dropped down to 55 and he kept behind me the whole time. It was kind of funny.


I guess you're lucky he didn't have a body in his trunk.

18 Nov 2012 02:42 PM
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Mega Steve     
www.yellowcabsa.com 
theworstmovie.files.wordpress.com

18 Nov 2012 02:47 PM
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InternetSecurityGuard     
Either way you go, it's going to cost you to sit in the back seat.

18 Nov 2012 02:48 PM
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sbutler     

BarkingUnicorn: Tazewell County? LOL!


Don't get too excited. It's pronounced 'taz-well', not 'taze-well'

/Peoria native

18 Nov 2012 02:50 PM
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GoldDude     

Nothing To See Here: sloshyj: [www.yellowcabsa.com image 600x373]

Thank you


Seconded on the thanks.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
It's certainly true that this picture is worth more than all the words in that article.

18 Nov 2012 02:50 PM
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Cuchulane    [TotalFark]  
sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net

18 Nov 2012 02:50 PM
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darthquigley     

TuteTibiImperes: It would be neat to have a service where you could 'rent' a designated driver.


I saw something like that on Top Gear a few years ago. The drivers use folding motorcycles to get to the pub, then put them in the trunk when driving someone's car. Costs about twice as much as a cab ride.

18 Nov 2012 02:52 PM
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Sail The Wide Accountancy     
I'd think that the flashers on the top might be a give away, but I'm fine with this.

18 Nov 2012 02:53 PM
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geekbikerskum     
If this gets people to stop driving while half in the bag and get a cab home instead, I'm all for it. It's better and cheaper than arresting and prosecuting people.

18 Nov 2012 02:56 PM
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Cuchulane    [TotalFark]  
Seems to be something making the rounds.

Here's another from Durham NC

18 Nov 2012 02:56 PM
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sloshyj     
2.bp.blogspot.com 

CHOOSE YOUR RIDE!

18 Nov 2012 02:57 PM
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Trance354     
and the popups on that site guarantee I'll never go back ...

18 Nov 2012 03:01 PM
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lunkhed     
This is not a taxi, this is a Police car. You wish me to call you a taxi?

// All together now:

YOU'RE A TAXI.

18 Nov 2012 03:01 PM
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SirMadness     
So what happens when I'm three sheets to the wind, and crocked to the gills, and I stumble upon this car door which says "TAXI?"

...Do I get arrested anyway? I TRIED to take a cab occifer!

/sorry about the vomit

18 Nov 2012 03:08 PM
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BeerGraduate     
"Tazewell Cab. Where you can pay a fare then be arrested - and then tazed as well."

18 Nov 2012 03:11 PM
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sallys     
That website had 3 popups, and I have a Mac, and I'm not usually bothered. Pice of shi*t.

18 Nov 2012 03:11 PM
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Blargosaurus    [TotalFark]  

TuteTibiImperes: It would be neat to have a service where you could 'rent' a designated driver.

The problem with taxis is that unless you take one to the bar in the first place, your car is now back at the bar when you're at home, and you have to get another cab ride to go back and pick it up, or get someone to drop you off.

I propose a service where you call up a service that drops off a driver to drive you and your car back home again, and then picks that driver back up again at your house.

I could see it being economical - after all, the service wouldn't need any vehicle of their own other than a few passenger vans to drop off and pick up the drivers from bar to house and back again.


I'm not sure if it's still around, but there was a service in Christchurch when I lived there that would drive a foldable mini scooter out to whichever bar you were at, throw the scooter in your boot and drive you home. It was charged by distance with a minimum charge around $15.

18 Nov 2012 03:18 PM
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Godscrack     
Police can hear all the cab dispatches anyway.

Then you're put on a watch list for being a drunk. Police keep tabs on you anytime they see you. Not a 'safe' as it looks.

Good luck citizen.

18 Nov 2012 03:20 PM
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proteon     
So you're thinking "Man I'm so drunk, I'll just take a cab home." Then you reach for the door, realize your mistake and quietly and hopefully inconspicuously shuffle to your car to drive home drunk.

18 Nov 2012 03:21 PM
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mbillips     

GBB: BarkingUnicorn: Tazewell County? LOL!
2nded


It's pronounced Tazz-well (at least the one in Virginia is), so less funny.

18 Nov 2012 03:25 PM
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GBB     
reverb.findawayworld.com

18 Nov 2012 03:29 PM
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GBB     

sallys: That website had 3 popups, and I have a Mac Pice of shi*t.

  <--- what I saw

18 Nov 2012 03:32 PM
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UNAUTHORIZED FINGER     

mbillips: GBB: BarkingUnicorn: Tazewell County? LOL!
2nded

It's pronounced Tazz-well (at least the one in Virginia is), so less funny.


Don't tazz me bro!

18 Nov 2012 03:35 PM
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wellreadneck    [TotalFark]  

mbillips: GBB: BarkingUnicorn: Tazewell County? LOL!
2nded

It's pronounced Tazz-well (at least the one in Virginia is), so less funny.


Same for the town in TN.
Plus, they also have a New Tazewell, where, I'm almost certain, there used to be a bar that had a sign that told you how much a mug, a pitcher, a chair, a table, etc., would cost, should you happen to break one. They also had a coat check, for guns, or so my sister said.

18 Nov 2012 03:35 PM
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uncleacid     
Taz is well.

upload.wikimedia.org

18 Nov 2012 03:40 PM
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