Ensuring that your tax dollars are hard at work, the state of California on Monday unveiled an iPhone app that lets drinkers too impaired to dial a cab use their touch-screen iPhones to catch a ride. It's just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
The California Office of Traffic Safety calls it Taxi Magic: Drunk-tards don't even have to really know where they are. The app will figure it out and dispatch a cab with one finger tap. The app can also link to a credit card and automatically pay for the ride. And the drinker can track the cab's progress on a map as he waits. It will not, however, drunk-dial your ex or find the nearest after-hours spot.
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"While the public is aware of the dangers of DUI, they still can find themselves in situations where a designated sober driver is not available,'' Chris Cochran of the Office of Traffic Safety said. "Where previously calling a cab might have been intimidating, embarrassing or bothersome, this latest technology can make it as easy as one tap on your cell phone screen.''