In a first-of-its kind partnership, Uber and the township of Evesham are teaming up to curb drunk driving. From tomorrow until January 2, Evesham will pay for residents to use Uber between local bars and addresses within the township.
“When we saw the dramatic increase in drunk driving, we knew we couldn’t just wait for this problem to solve itself,” Mayor Randy Brown said. “Uber has proven to reduce drunk driving around the country and this partnership will ensure that our residents don’t get behind the wheel when they’ve been drinking.”
The free rides will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Users simply enter the Evesham option in the App after arranging the ride from one of a number of local establishments.
“Uber commends Mayor Brown on his leadership in combating drunk driving and we hope this serves as a model for other towns and cities around New Jersey and across the country” said Ana Mahony, General Manager, Uber New Jersey. “We know that when people have reliable options like Uber to get a ride home, they’re more likely to make smarter choices.”
Two studies recently concluded that drunk driving related incidents are reduced in places with access to ride-sharing services such as Uber. The reports include a study completed in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) which concluded that people make choices that result in fewer alcohol-related crashes when given more transportation options like Uber. In addition, an independent study from Temple University found that cities where Uber operates have 3.6-5.6% fewer drunk driving deaths than cities without access to ridesharing.
Last year New Jersey saw 146 drunk driving deaths and more than 1,800 people died in drunk driving accidents between 2003 and 2012 (Source: CDC).
Uber has been making string inroads into New Jersey but has faced opposition from entrenched taxi and limousine companies. Legislation has been pending that would severely regulate the ride sharing company, however, Uber representatives have said if the bill passes as is it would drive them out of the state.
- Evesham Township will fully pay for rides taken from select bars and restaurants within the Township to homes of Evesham residents, between the hours of 9pm and 2am, beginning October 15th through January 2nd, 2016.
- The Safe Ride option will be automatically enabled when riders request from one of the designated program locations
- The Safe Ride option will be available to request trips between the hours of 9pm and 2am ET
- Pick-ups must take place at one of the following locations and drop-offs must be at a location within the Evesham Township limits: [Add a link to the map?]
o Bonefish Grill
o Brio Tuscan Grille
o Carrabbas Italian Grill
o Casa Carollo Bar & Grill
o Champps Kitchen + Bar
o Estia Greek Taverna
o Evesham Memorial VFW Post
o Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
o The Links Country Club
o Little Mill Country Club
o Marco’s Restaurant
o Marlton Elk’s Lodge
o Marlton Tavern
o The Mexican Food Factory
o Outback Steakhouse
o PF Chang’s
o Redstone American Grill
o TGI Fridays