New Jersey Township Gives Free Uber Rides to Reduce DUIs

24 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

If You’re Drunk In New Jersey, Uber Will Help.

Had a little too much to drink? BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A small town in the state will assure that if you’re drunk in New Jersey, Uber will help you getting home safely, without harming yourself or anyone else.

If Evesham Township residents find themselves at one of 19 bars and restaurants in the area, they can request a free ride from either of the two services. According to a report from Reuters, Evesham Township was “on track” to reach around 250 or so DUI arrests this year, which would have been the largest number ever recorded for the town. The partnership with Uber, which kicked off in September, dropped the average number of monthly DUI arrests from 23 to eight—a pretty clear sign of the program’s success.

Its proposition is that it deploys two people when you request a ride home: one to drive you home in your own car, and another to pick up the driver once you arrive home. A post from the Evesham Township Police Department noted that funding for the program came from volunteer community benefactors—local non-profits and businesses and the like.

As stated by mayor Brown, the partnership between the two, the ride service will make it easier for drunk people to simply open up their phones and push a button. The cooperation between the Town Hall and the mobile apps continues a pilot program that began in Sept. 2015, when the town buses started offering free rides to individuals who were in an inappropriate driving state. 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.

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