The Niles Police Department is using a creative way to get the message across about the high costs of driving drunk.
The Police Cab cruiser, which is on display in the city, is part police car, part taxi cab.
The goal is to illustrate the difference in price, by taking a ride home in one vehicle or the other after a night of drinking.
The average local cab ride costs about $20, but police said a routine OVI arrest could wind up costing you around $10,000 in fines, fees, insurance rates and lost wages.
“We’re just hoping this will make people think at least once, that ‘wow I’ve had a little too much to drink, maybe I should call a cab home, so I don’t have the $10,000 ride in a police car at the end of the night,’” said officer Shawn Crack of the Niles Police Department.
Crank said the Police Cab will be on display at different events throughout the summer.
This effort could even help the department win a brand new police cruiser, through Ohio’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.