Originally by Courier Post Online by Celeste E Whittaker

Evesham Township in Burlington County is teaming up with Uber to curb drunk driving.

The pilot program offers residents a free ride from select bars and restaurants to homes in Evesham.

Town leaders came up with the idea after seeing a spike in DUIs. Users will be able to select a “safe ride” option on Uber’s app and then the township will pay the fare.

The Details:

Evesham Township will fully pay for rides taken from select bars and restaurants within the Township to homes of Evesham residents, between the hours of 9pm and 2am, through January 2nd, 2016.
The Safe Ride option will be automatically enabled when riders request from one of the designated program locations.

The Safe Ride option will be available to request trips between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.

September 2015 Results:

More than 350 residents took advantage of the 30-day pilot program in September, township officials said.

“I stood in front of you guys multiple times since I’ve been mayor and said this is one of the greatest days I’ve had as mayor,” Brown said. “Today is one of those days again. How privileged I am to be mayor of this town. This program we started in September, one of the first questions I was asked, how do we know if this program is going to be successful? My answer was if we just take one person home.

I’m happy to announce the 30-day pilot program we started, we took over 350 people home. We took 350 people off the road. In my opinion as a public servant, it’s your job to keep your residents as safe as possible. With the amazing team of people that I have assembled behind me, it’s an easy thing to do. … We don’t ever want another DWI fatality in this town, ever ….”

Statistics:

In 2013, drunken driving arrests in Evesham spiked 14.8 percent compared to 2012. Last year, New Jersey saw 146 drunk driving deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since program inception, drunken driving arrests are significantly down in town from an average of about 22 per month, to only eight in September.

The team at Dash Farrow LLP applauds this group effort between Evesham Township and Uber to promote safe transportation from bars and restaurants to local residencies, while encouraging more cooperative anti-DUI efforts by other towns in NJ. With that said, we recognize that DUI and DWI offenses are still one of the leading causes of arrests in south jersey and we stand committed to protecting DUI/DWI defendants with diligent investigation, meticulous attention to detail, and years of experience.

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