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St. Patrick's Day Means Busy Day for Taxi Drivers

Damon Voeller's phone has been ringing off the hook today

 "St. patty's day, everyone's Irish, everyone's drinking. This is one of the top of days of the year," said Voeller.

Voeller's been a Shaggin' Wagon cab driver for seven years.

He says New Years Eve and Halloween are pretty busy, but clothing and decorations aren't the only green he sees on St. Patrick's Day.

"It's probably bigger because it lasts all day."

Voeller says business usually doubles on St. Patrick's Day, which means he makes stop, after stop, after stop.

"I often get too many calls and i have to turn my phone off because I just can't take anymore," said Voeller.

"There are cabs all over town right now. Everybody's going out for St. Patrick's Day," said Jacquelyn Brousseau.

Brousseau decided to cab it today for a ride to the bar, but she doesn't mind the wait if it means avoiding an unnecessary risk.

 "Oh yeah, smart thing to do. Cops are setting up checkpoints and you don't want to get a D-U-I because it will ruin your record and you know your future," said Brousseau.

"It's very easy to get caught with a D-U-I in East Lansing, they catch people all the time, people know that," said Voeller.

Voeller says a ride in the back of a taxi could save bar goers from a ride in the back of a squad car.

"It's the responsible way to go and a lot of people just do that," said Voeller.

St. Patrick's Day or not, if you think you've had one too many, Voeller says make the smart choice.

"Take a cab, it's very inexpensive. Sure beats thousands of dollars with a D-U-I."


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