Brant Lake Taxi’s ‘Operation Safe Ride’ successful, sponsors thanked

Brant Lake Taxi, owned and operated by Don Butler and Keith Wilkinson, reported this week that their Operation Safe Ride on New Year’s Eve was an exceptionally successful program.

The taxi company gave 183 rides to partyers over the New Year’s Eve holiday, traveling no less than 501 miles to accomplish the feat, according to Mike Turano, program administrator for Operation Safe Ride.

This week, Wilkinson and Butler expressed particular thanks to individuals and businesses that helped out or sponsored the program.

Operation Safe Ride’s guest dispatcher was Cindy Turano, who handled all of the calls. Turano noted that she did a fantastic job.

Butler and Wilkinson also thanked taxi drivers Wendy Meade, Helen Miner and Mike Turano for all their work safely transporting partyers home.

Operation Safe Ride has been in existence for five consecutive years, and has won various awards from public safety agencies.

In 2010, the program was awarded by the Warren County Sheriff's Office for its work that is considered a vital life-saving effort.

Former Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward awarded Operation Safe Ride in 2010, and the next year, similar honors were bestowed on the program by the town of Johnsburg and the Warren County Traffic Safety Board.

Since it was founded in 2008 by Butler, Wilkinson and Turano, Operation Safe Ride has provided a total of 750 free rides over 2,000 miles, Turano said.

“The program was established not only to keep area residents safe, but also to give back to the community for their support throughout the year,” he said. “It has been a huge success and a welcomed event for the past five years.”

Butler credited others for their help in the effort.

“This program isn’t possible without the support of our community and friends,” he said. “We would like to acknowledge our co-sponsors who continue to show their support to help keep our friends and family safe.”

Current co-sponsors of Operation Safe Ride are Basil & Wicks, the Barking Spider and Adirondack Spirits in North Creek; OP Frederick’s, Gallo Realty, Najer Realty, Adirondack Moonshine, the Chestertown Fire Co. and MacMillen Construction — all in Chestertown; Black Bear Restaurant & Tavern in Pottersville; and Jimbo’s Club of Brant Lake.

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