Icy Lawton swamps cab drivers - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Icy Lawton swamps cab drivers

Posted: Updated:

Lawton, Okla.__For those people that didn't have the choice to stay home and off the roads Monday, many are calling taxis to get them to their destination, making the wait time at AAA Cab Company as long as four hours with the normal wait time being thirty minutes.

Dispatchers at AAA Cab Company say the people who are calling for taxis, either need to get to work or go to the grocery store.

"If I wouldn't have run out of groceries, I wouldn't be out."

Dispatcher Scarlet Smith says the phones haven't stopped ringing since she got in at 6:30 this morning.

"We usually have five to six drivers, but with the road conditions, a lot of them are afraid to drive. So, we have some experienced drivers today and it's not stopping them," said Scarlet Spencer.

Fred Spencer has been driving for AAA for over five years and he says driving during and after winter weather makes his job a lot harder.

"A lot of them don't like to share a cab, but most of them, in bad weather, should be happy they're getting picked up to their destination," said Fred Spencer.

Spencer says while most cab companies close when the roads get bad, they don't. He says he hasn't got stuck yet this year, but he did last year.

"I went in Wal-Mart and bought a shovel and shoveled my own self out. Either that or sit there and wait," said Spencer.

On days like this, you'd think customers would always give a generous tip for their driver braving the roads, but Spencer says that isn't always the case.

"It kind of goes fifty-fifty. A lot of people tip more in weather like this than they normally would. A lot of people catch a cab in weather like this, instead of driving their own car," said Spencer.

One woman got very lucky that was expecting to spend her whole morning waiting.

"When we saw them coming around, and my friend said, 'Here's your cab,' and I said, 'It can't be, it's only been an hour and a half'."

Monday, AAA asked their customers to share cabs to try and decreases wait time for others.

They also aren't leaving Lawton and not going onto Fort Sill until road conditions improve.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:40 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:40:04 GMT
    Weather- Clear Skies RotatorWeather- Clear Skies Rotator
    Stay Hot Through Friday but Then Cooler This Weekend...
    Stay Hot Through Friday but Then Cooler This Weekend...
  • RV fire shut down highway

    RV fire shut down highway

    Sep 01, 2014 04:51 PM2014-09-01 23:32:03 GMT
    A grassfire sparked by a burning RV on I-44 near Geronimo shut down all lanes of traffic Monday afternoon just before 3:00 p.m.
    A grassfire sparked by a burning RV on I-44 near Geronimo shut down all lanes of traffic Monday afternoon just before 3:00 p.m.
  • Duncan firefighters stay vigilant on Labor Day

    Duncan firefighters stay vigilant on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:24:52 GMT
    Fire departments all over southwest Oklahoma are remaining on call this holiday weekend to keep close watch on dry conditions and holiday festivities.
    Fire departments all over southwest Oklahoma are remaining on call this holiday weekend to keep close watch on dry conditions and holiday festivities.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.