|Updated: 12/30/2013 5:26 pm
||Published: 12/30/2013 4:48 pm
Law enforcement agencies hope new taxi stands will help prevent drunk driving.
FOX23 first told you about the new stands around Tulsa two weeks ago. This week will be the first test to see if the new stands work.
Restaurants and bars in Brookside are getting ready for New Year's Eve celebrations.
Some of the businesses FOX23 spoke to say they're glad the city put up taxi-parking-only signs so customers have a safe way to get home.
At Sharky's on Brookside, the pool tables are cleaned and the alcohol well-stocked.
The bar is planning a New Year's Eve bash, and as an incentive for people to be safe, it will offer free non-alcoholic drinks to any designated drivers, but in addition to that, owners hope the new taxi stand in front of their bar helps.
So far, Sharky's thinks it's working.
"With the taxi stands now, most people know where to find the taxi and the taxi's know where to park and it's pretty much designated for them," said Mike Smith, the general manager.
The city of Tulsa put up the "taxi parking only" signs on Brookside, Cherry Street, the Blue Dome District and Brady District.
The idea is to make it easier to find taxis so people won't drink and drive.
FOX23 spoke to the Yellow Checker Cab Company and it says the stands make it easier for drivers to also find people who've called them.
In the past, cab drivers have had to double park or circle around the block.
"I think the premise of the idea is a good idea, but I don't think it will work that well in this neighborhood," said Gena Madsen, who works on Cherry Street.
Madsen has worked and lived in the Cherry Street neighborhood for the past 16 years. She's skeptical that the taxi stand will make a big difference here; she thinks other cars will park in the taxis' spots.
"Parking is so bad here anyways; people are going to take that spot to park," said Madsen.
FOX23 checked with the city and so far no tickets have been issued for people parking in these spots at the wrong time. If you do get a ticket, the fine is $30.
Last year in Tulsa County, there were 700 alcohol-related crashes.