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. The small town of Evensham has taken an interesting approach to lowering their number of DUI arrests or alcohol-induced car accidents.
According to mayor, Randy Brown, there has been an upward surge in the number of unfortunate cases caused by people having one too many drinks. With technology being such a good sport lately in form of mobile apps, the town has partnered up with ride service app Uber. This will boost their efforts in preventing drunk driving.
The service will be working with at least 19 restaurants and bars that will match customers instantly with an Uber car. This way, it will provide a quick solution that could potentially save lives. At least, that would be the case for the 45,000 people living in Evensham. They will be provided an easy way to get home safely.
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. And, with that, a car will be over to help you in times of less-than-perfect state of mind. This will be available between 9 PM and 2 AM, seven days per week, so there is only a small limitation.
But the partnership will end on January 2nd, 2016, so it will be interesting to hear about their results after New Year’s Eve. It could be said that it’s the moment when a service for drunken customers will shine the brightest.
However, the Uber app is not the only one available.
Evensham also introduced the BeMyDD app. The service means to find the inebriated person a designated driver, to take both them and their car back to their home safely. According to the VP of BeMyDD app, Alexa Milkovich, the company is now busy recruiting drivers willing to help. So, it should be up and running soon enough.
Furthermore, the cooperation has also led a program that started in September. It implied free bus riders for customers who were inebriated. It benefited a reported of 350 people until now.
The preventive measures taken by the small town seem reasonable in efforts of lowering their numbers of DUI incidents. Just in 2015, Evensham’s numbers reached a high 250 arrests. And, apparently, their services were quite successful even in the small amount of time. The number of DUI-related arrests dropped by 65%.
It seems that drunk driving can be prevented, if only the drivers had easy options.
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