(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
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.