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Azalea concerts could tax taxi service

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWWAY) -- Thousands of people are making their way to Downtown Wilmington for the first of the Azalea Festival Concerts and many of them maybe drinking.

You would think most cab drivers would be excited about the extra business, but that isn't the case.

Joshua Price has owned his own cab company for nearly 3 years but doesn’t have the proper permit which would allow him to pick up downtown patrons.

"It just outrages me. It makes me furious. I have a lot of people that call my phone and I go down and I pick them up and that's all I can do is go down there and pick them up,” said Price.

And that’s exactly what Wilmington Police want people to do. Detective Kevin Smith says to call a cab before getting behind the wheel, especially if you have been drinking.

“This is the year 2013 and if you haven't heard by now, it's not a good idea to drink and drive,” said Smith.

Andrew McClenham has been driving cabs for years and has the proper permit but knows this is going to be a busy weekend.

“They should call us regardless, but you know this is Wilmington. We have a drinking problem in this town and if they shut down downtown for one night and write DUI'S they would eliminate the problem,” said McClenham.

Detective Kevin Smith doesn’t intend for there to be any problems as long as people act responsibility.

“There are going to be a lot of people in a relatively compact area, so the key is to not only to have a good time but have some patience,” said Smith.

Demand for taxi services will be high this weekend so make sure you place your call before midnight.

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