New Year's Eve is a Slow Night for Police, Busy Night for Taxi Drivers

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Monday night was actually pretty quiet for law enforcement. There were a few calls for drunken behavior and only one DUI arrest.

Fewer people in their own cars made it a busy night for taxi drivers. Brady Allen is a taxi driver and dispatcher for Checkered Cab Company. He took the opportunity to cash in.

"It's kind of like a bonus night, cause it's a week night, and just an abnormal amount of people partying and calling for cabs on a Monday," said Allen.

He said the night started out slow, but that changed after the stroke of midnight.

"Probably about 12:15, 12:30 it really picked up, you couldn't take enough calls. Everybody wanted to get out of downtown."

People were going longer distances than usual. Sgt. Frank Pyanoe with Virginia State Police said he was surprised.

"Normally you would see one or two in a four or five hour span, but I saw two or three at a time going from one place to another," said Sgt. Pyanoe.

Allen said most of his customers were traveling west on Route 33.

"A lot of Massanutten calls as well, to see fireworks displays and visit," said Allen.

Virginia State Police had no reported traffic accidents or DUI incidents.

"From the law enforcements stand point, it's always good to see folks taking advantage of anything that prevents them from getting behind the wheel while they're impaired," said Sgt. Pyanoe.

The small number of arrests doesn't mean police weren't out patrolling the roads.

"I think I can count at least 5 cars I saw pulled over by officers. I don't know if they were ticketed, or just told to drive safe or what, but I did see a number pulled over,” said Allen.

Allen was happy to be at work last night and to be so busy.

"Probably a good 50 calls, it was busy. Not a good night like when JMU is in session, but it was still very busy."

Sgt. Pyanoe said the slow New Year's Eve night wasn't abnormal and that this holiday is typically a quiet night for him. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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