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PHOTOS: Fairview Police Unveil Special Vehicle At National Night Out

The big reveal Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
The new police car/taxi Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
A special message was written on the hood Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Johnny's Taxi owner Adel Saadalla, Fairview Mayor Vincent Bellucci, Police Chief Martin Kahn, End DWI Board Member Scott Reddin, N.J. Police Traffic Officer's Association President Tim Franco and Lt. John Pierotti. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Lt. John Pierotti with his son, Johnny, and wife, Nicole Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Unveiling the new vehicle Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
"We want to make a statement with it," Fairview Chief Martin Kahn said. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Awaiting the surprise Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

FAIRVIEW, N.J.– Fairview police hope a new vehicle unveiled during Tuesday's National Night Out sends a message.

"You have a choice," Police Chief Martin Kahn said. "You can drink and drive and be a danger to yourself and others. Or you can call a cab and get a ride."

The two-week transformation of the Ford Crown Victoria into half police car/half taxi was sponsored by Adel Saadalla, owner of Johnny's Taxi and Fairview Taxi, and handled by MAACO .

The hood reads "Booze It & Lose It," along with a handcuff decal. Written on the side: "Choose Your Ride."

"We hope people make the wise decision to ride in the back of a cab instead of a cop car if they've had too many alcoholic beverages," Fairview Mayor Vincent Bellucci said. "If you've been drinking, you shouldn't be driving."

Lt. John Pierotti was the driving force behind getting the hybrid completed. He brought the idea to Saadalla, who agreed on the importance of the message.

The vehicle will turn up at schools and other events, Kahn said.

"You may see us riding around it it," he added.

EDITOR'S NOTE: ADT, one of the sponsors, has a resource page with information on the event, as well as some safety and crime facts:

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