Thursday, November 19, 2015

Town Partners With Uber To Stop Drunk Driving

Los Angeles residents are probably familiar with ride service programs like Uber and Lyft that allow individuals to request a vehicle by a phone app, but you may not have heard about the Oct. 2015 partnership Uber made with a small New Jersey town to curb drunk driving. The town is the first municipality in the U.S. to make an agreement like this but may not be the last one.

19 establishments that serve alcohol agreed to participate in the program that allows patrons to get a free ride home using Uber, and the rides are paid for by donations from the community. The town decided to take action after nearly reaching a record 250 DUI arrests in 2015, and another program funded by local businesses and nonprofits offers a service that also gets motorist's vehicles home. The town already had some success at reducing DUI arrests after a test program that gave free shuttle rides, and an Uber representative said that other partnerships may follow.

While Los Angeles has numerous transportation options available, sometimes people still get behind the wheel when they should not. It does not matter if one thought he or she was okay to drive if an accident occurs because a driver responsible for a crash could still face a suit in civil court when one suffers injuries. If you were injured in an accident, you may wish to consult a personal injury lawyer soon as the statute of limitations in California gives people two years to file a claim.

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