Students can get free cab ride following prom courtesy of alliance

Published on Monday, 28 April 2014 23:32 - Written by Staff Reports

On prom weekend, local students will have the opportunity to get a free cab ride if they need one, courtesy of The Smith County Medical Society Alliance.

“Tux Tags began and continues in response to the problem of underage drinking and driving which seems to be especially prevalent during high school prom weekends,” according to a news release. “It is an awareness campaign that encourages teens to not drink and drive.”

Tux Tags has been a project of The Smith County Medical Society Alliance since 1999. It is sponsored by the Alliance, the Smith County Medical Society and the Taxi Cab Co. of Tyler.

Brightly colored tags are printed and placed on rental tuxes and in corsage boxes. The tags provide a number to call for a free ride from the Taxi Cab Co. of Tyler. A free, safe, confidential ride home will be provided upon request to teens who should make the decision to drink and should not be driving or be riding in the car with a driver who has chosen to drink.

Alliance members volunteer to distribute the tags to area tuxedo rental shops and florists who have been contacted and have agreed to participate. The tux shops hang the tags on the tuxedo hangers and the florists place them in the corsage boxes. This year retail shops also have agreed to participate.

“The Smith County Medical Society Alliance, the Smith County Medical Society and The Taxi Cab Co. of Tyler would like to make it clear that they do not condone underage drinking,” according to a news release. “Most young people will choose not to drink on prom night. However, those who make a poor choice of drinking alcohol will have a way of getting home safely, courtesy of the sponsors of this program.”