Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Uber have teamed up to offer free rides across Long Island on Wednesday, November 22, in an effort to thwart any instances of drunk driving on Thanksgiving eve.
According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, Nassau and Suffolk counties have some of the highest rates of impaired driving and alcohol-related accidents in New York State—rates that become even higher on the night before Thanksgiving.
Those looking to access the service can enter the promo code “SAFERIDELI” in their Uber application to unlock two free rides up to $15 per ride. To qualify for the free service, travel must begin and end on Long Island, and must take place between the hours of 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and 3 a.m. on Thursday, November 23.
“With more transportation options in Suffolk County than ever before, there is no excuse to get behind the wheel after a night of drinking,” Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone was quoted as saying in a press release sent out by MADD and Uber on Monday. “I support efforts such as these that incentivize residents to stay off the road, and this Thanksgiving Eve, I urge everyone to enjoy themselves safely, responsibly, and plan ahead.”
Suffolk and Nassau counties both have some of the most alcohol-related crashes across the state’s 62 counties, according to data released in 2015, the organizations said in the release.
According to Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research data, there were more than 4,600 arrests for impaired driving in Suffolk County in 2016. In 2016, there were 394 alcohol-related crashes with injuries and 35 alcohol-related crashes with fatalities in Suffolk County, according to the release.
An independent study conducted by Temple University found that Uber’s entrance into various cities in California resulted in a 5-percent decrease in the number of people killed in alcohol-related car crashes. Uber also surveyed its U.S. rider base, and respondents said Uber has helped them make safe decisions to get home, the release said.