According to the National Highway Traffic Agency, 252 people died in crashes due to drunk driving over a 24-hour period during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2011-2015.
A unique partnership has emerged in the Coastal Empire between Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Theresa DeWild is the Program Coordinator for MADD in Chatham County.
“I turned to MADD after I lost my sister to a drunk driver,” said DeWild. She now dedicates her life to helping others.
“In 2015, St. Patrick's Day accounted for 21 percent of fatalities were alcohol related,” said DeWild.
Michael Black is the General Manager for Uber in Savannah.
“There is indeed a correlation between the availability of services like Uber and the reduction of drunk driving,” said Black.
DeWild agrees, and says it’s all about having a plan.
“If they have a plan and Uber is one of those great plans. To have that app already on their phone or to have someone in their group already have it laid out for them that their going to have that Uber ready for them when their ready to go home at night,” said DeWild.
Black said Uber should be everyone’s designated driver, especially around holidays like St. Patrick’s Day.
"They will take that option every time as opposed to making that big mistake that could really impact their lives to the negative as well as others,” said Black.
Uber is offering a special promotion called MAKEAPLAN17, which will save you $10 off a trip.
Here’s how it works.
- Open your UBER app and tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the home screen. Once the menu list appears, tap 'Payment'. Tap 'Add Promo/Gift Code' and enter the code MAKEAPLAN17.
- Get $10 off one trip to or from the festival area highlighted below between 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, and 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.
- Promotion is limited to the first 1,000 redemptions. Must be 21 or older to redeem.