Uber has been a word on a lot of lips lately. The ultimate ride-share, taxi, driver service, Uber lets you tap an app on your smartphone and find a ride in seconds. People all over America are using it, and now Uber wants to let everyone know they’ve partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to continue to promote a safe ride home after drinking.
With extra law enforcement performing road checks and holiday anti-drunk driving campaigns in full force, choosing a sober driver should be a no-brainer for people when they go out, but statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that impaired driving is still responsible for one death every 51 minutes. That’s why sober ride companies like Uber are so important.
Uber hasn’t been around for that long, but the organization is already having an impact on drunk driving. According to data published by the company, driving under the influence (DUI) arrests in Seattle are down by 10% since Uber came to the city. If more people decided to use Uber instead of choosing to drink and drive, this decrease in DUI arrests could be seen across America.
Since they’ve launched their Campaign To End Drunk Driving in 2006, MADD has pushed for ignition interlocks for convicted drunk drivers and stood by lawmakers as they strengthened DUI laws all across the United States. Now with a partnership with Uber, MADD is taking another positive step in the fight against drunk driving.
The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone, but the holidays are also a dangerous time of year for drivers. You can stay safe as easily as pulling out your smartphone and checking out Uber, and if you do use Uber in certain areas of the USA, they’ll donate $1 from each ride to MADD. Find out if Uber is in your area by checking out the hashtag #UberMADD on Twitter.