Dallas Cop Cab Program Curbing Drunk Driving

By J.D. Miles, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There is a new program in Dallas that is designed to keep drunk drivers off of the road, but it is not intended for the general public. Instead, the program is for police officers who have had a little too much to drink and cannot properly operate their vehicles.

Throughout all of last year, the combination of North Texas police officers and alcohol has produced some embarrassing and tragic consequences. “We have had officers arrested for driving while intoxicated. We have had officers in neighboring cities arrested for intoxication manslaughter,” said Glenn White with the Dallas Police Association. “We don’t want that to happen here.”

The key to solving that problem may soon be on the keychains of Dallas police officers. All cops have been enrolled in the Dallas Police Association’s new program that provides free cab rides home for members who have had too much to drink. The program allows cab companies to bill the Dallas Police Association, which will pay for the fares with member dues.

“We are not going to be able to stop officers if they want to have a beer or two,” acknowledged White, “but we want them to know we have an option for them.”

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has applauded the concept, which it has never seen attempted by a police organization. “Anything that keeps people from putting the key in the ignition and driving is always a good thing,” said MADD spokeswoman Mary Kardell.

But other alcohol awareness groups argue that free rides are not addressing the real problem. “Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to provide programs like this,” said Debbie Maliborski with the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, “if we could get the message across to make healthy and responsible decisions in the first place?”

And citizens may also soon start seeing special wristbands on the arms of Dallas police officers and others across the city. They are a part of the Blue Backs You campaign, which aims take the tarnished badge and restore its shine in 2011. The wristbands can be purchased from the Dallas Police Association.

  • Texas Dutch

    What a joke. The Dallas police force is the laughingstock of Texas.

    • Jeff D.

      Any company could do this for their employees— the officers merely use their funds to pay the taxi…that’s it…– based on the mindless slop you guys post on here though, I doubt you have any jobs and are just hating on the people who protect you and your families when you sleep at night.

  • A

    By not allowing this to be used by everyone, this is simply a misuse of public funds. This program will turn into a free taxi service for so called public servants and their families.

    • Mike Berson

      There are no public funds involved in this program. It is paid for by the officers who belong to the DPA. It is officers taking care of other officers.

  • kong

    How do you figure it’s public funds, genius???

  • W C

    The fact that they think that they deserve more consideration than the general population smacks of unbounded arrogance. Why do they have to drive anywhere? Why don’t they get their booze and take it home & get as smashed as they want?

  • Mark Frisco

    This is the first practical, honest approach to resolving the problem of drunk driving I’ve heard. It’s fun to be pious and holier than though and preach ‘Don’t drink and drive’!! How many millions of people do we have to watch ignore that every day before we admit…it’s not working? We also don’t need to threaten citizens or abdicate the constitution by forcing blood tests without due process (This is not Nazi Germany!)
    The reality is people are gonna drink… They always have regardless of the potential liability, punishment etc.
    Instead of ripping the police force’s union why not look at private individuals providing the same service for the average Joe? Maybe a inebriation insurance policy which would pay for a cab? Thanks!

  • Tom


  • Tom

    Now, for the rest of you jerks, yes, cops drink! They also have most of the other problems you find in society as a whole. This move, by one of their internal organizations is to be praised and not belittled. It doesn’t use your tax dollars and costs you nothing. Lets hope other agencies find a way to provide this kind of program. (By the way. No secret here. Your company, or fraternity or any other organization could do the same for it’s members!)

    • Jeff D.

      AMEN Tom!

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