News Pertinent PSA for Stranger Readers (and staffers)
posted by November 22 at 12:25 PMon
In an effort to curb drunk driving, Harborview is starting a taxi stand program in concert with Seattle bars and restaurants. The first taxi stand will open on November 30 in Fremont—which Harborview’s survey identified as the “second-most popular drinking destination in Seattle.”
The stand will be located in front of PCC Natural Markets on Evanston, just north of 34th street. The taxi stand will operate Thursdays-Saturdays from 11:30 pm-2:30 am. In the coming months, according to Harborview, taxi stands will open in other neighborhoods: Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, Belltown, and Ballard.
Important Context: It’s illegal for cabbies to pick up people hailing cabs in Seattle … which is why it’s a bitch to try and get a cab on a Saturday night. A taxi stand, where cabs dock and wait for customers, will make it much easier to get your drunk ass into a cab after leaving the bar. Bartenders have too much going on to order every last customer a taxi while they’re also trying to wrap up.
Meanwhile: Here are some of the findings from Harborview’s drinking survey, based on answers from 300 21-34 year-olds living in Seattle who say they go out to drink:
Nearly 20% said they’d driven within the past month, even though they knew they’d had too much to drink.
There were 8,210 DUI arrests in King County last year, with an average blood alcohol level of 0.14 (legal limit is 0.08).
43% of 21-34 year olds in Seattle drink 2-4 times per week; 10% (17% of males) drink 5 or more days per week.
44% in Seattle typically have more than 2 drinks when they drink alcohol; 34% of men usually have more than 4 drinks.
40% of men and 24% of women binge drink at least once a month.
54% of people this age in Seattle drank at a bar, restaurant or club the last time they were drinking with others. Only 24% were in their own home.
Alcohol-related crashes kill more people ages 21 — 34 than people of other ages.
The most popular neighborhoods to go drinking, in order:
1) Capitol Hill (20%)
2) Fremont (18%)
3) Belltown (16%)
4) Downtown (13%)
5) Pioneer Square (12%)
6) U-District (8%)
7) Queen Anne (2%)