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Trolley shuttles revelers around UNM

November 24, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The tiger-striped bus pulled up to the quiet neighborhood around 10:30 p.m., its internal sound system already piping a techno-beat clamor.

A dozen costumed adults — some already knee-deep in the night’s birthday-party revelry — ambled on-board for a ride to another shindig.

A safe ride.

For $7.50 each, the Party-Trolley delivered the group to its next destination without incident and without interrupting the festive flow. While en route, the tunes blasted, cameras flashed and a passenger wearing a Batman costume performed a superhero-worthy strut down the aisle.

Kyle McCallister — a 29-year-old dressed for the occasion as a human Breathalyzer — had arranged the trolley ride for the group, noting that his friends don’t drink and drive.

“It’s a great way — cheap and easy — to get wherever we want to go,” he said.

Party-Trolley founder Paul Aitken, hanging from the roof of his bus, wants to get a Party-Trolley in college communities around the U.S. The “shared ride service” offers one-way trips as low as $5 per person.

In this season of spiked eggnog and champagne toasts, here’s a sobering statistic: Under New Mexico law, a first-time DWI conviction can cost up to $1,900 in fines, fees and expenses like an ignition interlock device.

And that’s before paying a defense attorney, which DWI Resource Center Executive Director Linda Atkinson said can run around $3,000 to $5,000.

“It will take a chunk of change” to deal with a DWI, Atkinson said.

It is something a lot of people have learned the hard way: Authorities made 4,842 DWI arrests in Bernalillo County last year, according to the state’s Traffic Safety Division.

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