Macon-Bibb coroner picks up nearly 100 for NYE
For the last three years, Jones shuttled people home for New Year’s Eve if they had too much to drink.
He says since 41NBC’s story on Jones’ service, his phone rang off the hook.
“From then on it was like 6, 7, 8, 9 and then it was just like ‘wham’ it was on. I stopped this morning at about 4:15 a.m,” Jones said.
He says he picked up nearly 100 people and made 29 trips. He adds while he got a 15-passenger van expecting more people, he might need a bigger vehicle.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – For the third time, Macon-Bibb County’s coroner is playing taxi for New Year’s Eve.
As people prepare to celebrate the New Year, perhaps with alcohol, Coroner Leon Jones says he’s providing his shuttle service again to help people make it to their destination safely.
Statistics from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety show there have been 189 more fatalities this year than last year involving alcohol-related car accidents.
“If I can stop someone from going to the morgue, the emergency room, or jail that’s what I’m going to do,” Jones said.
The number of passengers who use the service continues to increase each year.
“The previous years, it’s been a minivan. I ran out of room,” he laughed.
Jones is making it happen with his own money. He says he wants to make sure if you’re drinking for New Year’s Eve, you get home safely.
“I’m picking you up, carrying you to the party, and then carrying you back home when you get through with the party,” he said.
Along with helping keep the roadways safe, the Macon native says the stories from New Year’s Eve night are ‘unbelievable.’
“Carried a guy home and tucked him in the bed. You can’t make this stuff up,” he said.
Jones says he enjoys the experience and will continue well after the ball drops.
“You meet some interesting people on New Year’s night that are drunk,” the coroner said.
The service is free. Again, Jones says he’s picking people up from their homes, dropping them off for their festivities, and taking them back home.
If you’re interested in the pickup, give him a call at (478) 256-6716.