New Jersey town to reward drunks with free Uber rides

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cutting Down on DUI’s With Uber and BeMyDD.

Had a little too much to drink? Good news if you’re drunk an in you’re in the New Jersey town of Evesham Township — you get a free ride home courtesy of a new government-backed program.Many people are cautiously optimistic regarding these innovative and decentralized services that show up all over the world, as part of the sharing economy model.

As per the Reuters report, Evesham Township – which has a population of almost 45,000 people – is “on track to reach 250 DUI arrests in 2015″. According to a report, New Jersey’s Evesham Township was going to reach about 250 DUIs arrest in this year alone, topping all the records of DUIs arrests in that township and this led the municipality to take some ground shaking measures.

Moreover, the program is valid between 9pm to 2am and you have to get back to your actual residence in Evesham Township when taking the Uber ride which means that you can not head to another bar. Officials are hoping it goes a long way to reduce the large amount of drunken driving cases and therefore the number of deaths that result beause of them. In consequence, the municipality has partnered up with Uber since September which has in turn reduced the DUIs arrests from 23 to 8 a month, evidently showing the success of the decision. The town is also looking into a new mobile app called BeMyDD — DD stands for designated driver — which would allow people to hire a driver to not only take them home, but also their cars. With the help of a dedicated shuttle service for inebriated patrons, DUI monthly average statistics have dropped by as much as 66% In the first month of this pilot program.

Services such as Uber and BeMyDD – a mobile application to find dedicated drivers in the area – will help keep the DUI numbers low, and perhaps even decrease them even further over time. All of the rides provided by either of these services will be completely free of charge, assuming the patrons find themselves at one of the 19 supported pickup locations.

However, it’s been so successful, that some local businesses and nonprofits have donated funds to support a second, similar program that kicked off this Friday. Quite a few people are still skeptical towards the idea of creating a “sharing economy”, where people will help each other, instead of relying on centralized services.

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