UPDATE: Ridesharing is Still Allowed; Stricter Enforcement is Coming

(Gillette, Wyo.) Yesterday the City of Gillette released a statement regarding the possibility that people may be operating sober driver rides outside of city ordinances. Chapter 19 of City Code was amended last year after a group came forward with concerns about people offering paid rides home from the bar. "There was no way to verify who these people were," said Communications Manager Geno Palazzari. "We wouldn't even know if they had driver's licenses." Since then, city ordinance has prohibited unlicensed taxi service around Gillette. Michael Harmon with the Facebook group Designated Drivers of Gillette says that he's never asked for fares or reimbursement for providing the community with a safer alternative to drunk driving. "There are no charges being asked of anyone looking for a safe, free ride home. It's simply a kind gesture," he told County 17. "I stay busy making sure people get home safe." Harmon insists that the most active people involved with his page do not charge anyone, though he admits it's hard to control everyone who uses social media to get a ride home. "If people are neglecting the rules and I find out I'll remove them," Harmon added. "We are not a business, nor are we profiting off of people." We spoke with the Gillette Police Department about their developing enforcement to make sure the rules are being followed. Lt. Chuck Deaton wouldn't share specifics but says they are going to be checking that cabs comply to the ordinance. #county17 #news