Can Evesham Township’s Partnership With Uber Prevent Drunk Driving?

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 11:54am by

Photo of courtroomEvesham Township, a southern New Jersey town with a population of about 45,000, has become the first U.S. municipality to partner with the ride sharing app Uber.

Evesham has been fast approaching a town record for highest number of drunken driving accidents. There are no less than 19 different places people in the relatively small community can be served alcohol. There have been almost 250 drunk driving cases in 2015 alone, easily a record high for the town.

In a desperate act to regain control, Evesham has partnered with Uber and another mobile app called BeMyDD, which people can use to get both them and their cars home safely.

Now, anyone stumbling out of one of the local alcohol-serving establishments can get a free ride home. The partnership is able to work through donations made by local businesses and other fundraising efforts.

“We’re dealing with people who might’ve had too much to drink, so we needed to make it so easy for them to open their iPhone and push a button,” said Randy Brown, Mayor of Evesham.

Is Uber Helping to Prevent Drunk Driving?

In its first month, Evesham’s partnership with the ride service apps has helped more than 350 would-be drunk drivers get home safely. The number of DUI cases in that first month dropped to eight from the monthly average of 23. This 65 percent decrease in just the first month would suggest that the partnership is on track to be a huge success.

Drunk drivers cause a heartbreaking number of accidents each year. Ride service apps like Uber and BeMyDD help, but many people are still hurt by drunk drivers. Give us a call if you were injured in an accident with a drunk driver. We can help you fight for fair compensation for your injuries, including potential damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C.Atlantic City Person Injury Lawyers



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