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The holiday season may be a time for getting together with family and celebrating. But they are also a time when the number of DUI cases spikes dramatically. In an effort to reduce the high number of drunk driving incidences, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery recently announced a partnership with UBER. The collaboration is part of the Arizona’s effort to highlight a safe and accessible alternative to drunk driving.
It is thought that the ease of ride-sharing technology can help eliminate the obstacles that many riders say come with hailing a taxi cab. “If you thought about calling a cab, you had to have (a) phone number, and you had be willing to wait around and be sober enough to give instructions on where to be picked up at, and then be able to direct someone to get you home,” Montgomery said.
Users who have never tried UBER before can download the company app and enter promotional code “FREETRIP” to receive a $20 ride credit. Existing users can use “EGGNOZAZ” to be entered into a contest to win $100 in free rides for popular holidays like New Year’s Eve.
To combat drunk driving in towns across Arizona, Montgomery said there will also be an increase in the number of holiday DUI task forces until New Year’s day. It is hoped that the increased police presence can help find impaired drivers, conduct roadside investigations, and prevent potentially deadly accidents this year.
“Unfortunately, they find impaired drivers on the road,” he said. “The fortunate part to it is if you find the driver before they hit anybody while they’re impaired, you going to see to their physical safety and the physical safety of anybody else.”
Authorities are hoping that the increased work with companies designed to provide cheaper and more convenient rides will drastically reduce the number of drunk driving incidences during the holidays and all year long.
Uber is a ride service that operates much like a taxi would. Riders download an app with all of their pertinent information and request a ride from a specific location to a specific location. Once the ride is requested, a driver will pick you up and drop you off for a fee. In most instances, the fee is much lower than the cost of a taxi cab. For more information on UBER services or to find out how to download their app, please see: www.uber.com for more information.
1) Pre-program important phone numbers into your phone for important resources like taxi’s, designated drivers, and UBER services.
2) Download apps that can help you determine what DUI symptoms are or how much you can safely drink before becoming intoxicated.
3) Always have a designated sober driver that is ready and willing to drive you home.
4) If you are having a party, collect car keys from guests when they arrive and only return them to safe and sober drivers.
5) Provide lots of food, snacks, water, and non-alcoholic beverages for your guests so they can stay sober or sober up if they need to.
6) Learn to see the sign and know when your friends or guests are intoxicated. A comprehensive list of signs and symptoms can be found at http://www.wikihow.com/Recognize-the-Signs-of-Intoxication or http://www.madd.org/drunk-driving/how-you-can-help/how-to-spot-a-drunk-driver.html
7) Call 911 and report drunk drivers. The extra time you take to call the police could save someone’s life.
8) Always remember that buzzed driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. So even if you have only had a drink or two, it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid driving.
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