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Taxi drivers prep for a busy New Years Eve

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

On New Years Eve, after a few drinks, behind the wheel of a car is the last place you want to be. That's where Zachary Werkman comes in.

Werkman has been driving a cab for Dolly's Taxi in Cedar Falls for nearly three years. He'll work most of the night on New Years Eve.

"It's one of our busiest nights of the year," he said. "We know we have to keep a full staff on and that there's going to be a big crowd on Main Street."

Dolly's will have all 14 of their vans out on the road for the holiday rush.

"It is good business," said Nick Sorbe, the owner of Dolly's Taxi. "We stay busy throughout the night, and the drivers like it. It eliminates any down-time and kind of helps the time go by faster."

Sorbe said on an average Saturday night, his company will serve about 250 people. On New Years Eve, that doubles.

"I think a lot of it's alcohol related," he said. "I think that's true. I also think there's some convenience involved for people that want to go out and enjoy a night on the town and don't want to worry about finding a parking spot, or some of these other things that are less available on New Years Eve."

But as demand for safe rides home increases, so does that wait -- unless you plan in advance.

"Honestly, the biggest thing they can do on any night is just to call even further in advance," said Werkman. "You know, if they want be picked up in 15-10 minutes, call 20-25 minutes ahead."

"We always encourage anyone that had a drink or two too many ... a $10 to $15 cab ride is certainly more affordable than a $10,000 OWI."

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