No Good Deed Goes Unpunished In Illinois
Jonathon Schoenakase of Quincy, Illinois was arrested last Saturday outside a local bar. His crime? Operating “Courtesy Rides” — a service offering free rides to bar-goers to prevent drunk driving. The reason? Taxi companies lobbied to make it illegal.
Schoenakase began operating Courtesy Rides on January 31, 2008 following a decision to do something about drunk driving after one of his friends was killed by a drunk driver. The service offers free rides to anyone who’s been out drinking and needs a ride home, donations are accepted, but it’s free to all. It was such a success Jonathan added a second car to the effort in 2009, then a bus, and that’s when Diamond Cab service took notice.