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Taxi drivers are gearing up for a busy New Year's Eve

This holiday is usually about ten times busier for South Mississippi cab drivers than a typical weekend. (Photo source: WLOX) This holiday is usually about ten times busier for South Mississippi cab drivers than a typical weekend. (Photo source: WLOX)
Since it will be a busy night for cabs, if you know you will need a ride this evening you can call ahead and book a pickup and drop off time so you don't have to wait. (Photo source: WLOX) Since it will be a busy night for cabs, if you know you will need a ride this evening you can call ahead and book a pickup and drop off time so you don't have to wait. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Some revelers plan to ring in 2015 with a toast, but Leisa Leisy is gearing up for a different kind of night.

"New Year's Eve is an extremely busy time for us. So we get some rest so we can help everybody to get home safely," Taxi Driver Leisa Leisy said.

This holiday is usually about ten times busier for South Mississippi cab drivers than a typical weekend.

"People are really being cautious and safety conscious now and I'm glad because we want everybody to be safe," Leisy said.

Leisy hopes this New Year's Eve won't be any different and that all those planning on enjoying a few drinks will leave the driving to her.

"We are very happy to save lives and help people," Leisy said. "If they get arrested for a DUI, it could not only cost thousands of dollars, but it could affect their future, their job, their family, everything."

And it is no secret police will be out in full force this holiday.

"We are going to be focusing on our traffic and our businesses," Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said. "The whole purpose is the safety of the people we serve and we want them to have a good time. A holiday like this is just going to be as successful as the good judgement of the people celebrating it."

So if you plan to party Leisy said, "Call us."

Since it will be a busy night for cabs, if you know you will need a ride this evening you can call ahead and book a pickup and drop off time so you don't have to wait.

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