October 1, 2010 • Georgia Briskey
Filed under Feature
Compare New York City to Orinda. Both are extremely exciting and share a successful transportation business of taxis. But in Orinda, you won’t find discourteous drivers or the contingent Cash Cab. Instead, Orinda hosts the most proficient, safe, and comfortable taxi service in Contra Costa County, the Orinda Taxi.
Founded in 2007 by Julian Juricevic and his wife Tanja, Orinda Taxi provides a service for Lamorinda businessmen, the elderly, and even teens.
For some Miramonte students, the Orinda Taxi’s immediate stereotype is the late night transporter for intoxicated students. And although that stereotype is completely true, it provides a smart alternative to releasing drunk teens driving themselves home at night.
“Sometimes I lose track of how much I drink at parties, but I don’t worry too much because I can just call Orinda Taxi and get home safely,” said an anonymous junior.
The consequences of driving dangerously on the road drunk are far more severe than paying $25 for an Orinda Taxi ride. Many parents and Orinda Taxi concur that a ride from a cab remains the safest option when under any influence.
In addition to reducing nighttime car dangers and confrontations with the Orinda Police, the Orinda Taxi’s employees provide their rides with pleasure, and enjoy giving teenagers rides even at 2:30 in the morning.
“The drivers like to make jokes at me when I get in the car. I like to hear them make fun of me rather than question what I was doing that night,” said an anonymous sophomore.
Employees work shifts that fit around their schedule to ensure a happy driver for a happy ride. Orinda Taxi takes pride in their employees and hire sincere, considerate drivers. These employees prepare themselves for a night full of calls, because drunk teens provide the most business at night on weekends.
“We can deny giving drunk teenagers rides, but we choose not to. Bringing them home safely is much better than having them risk their lives on the road themselves,” said Tanja Juricevic.
The next time you see Orinda Taxi cruising the streets of Orinda, consider them your ride home after a party. Designated drivers can’t always be trusted, but Orinda Taxi can.