New mobile app helps tipsy people get a safe ride home
Just in time for the federal government’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday crackdown on drunk driving comes a new mobile app to help people who have been drinking get a safe ride home.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) SaferRide app will allow users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play.
New data shows that drunk driving deaths declined by 2.5 percent in 2013. Even with this decrease, 10,076 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver in 2013—one death every 52 minutes. December 2013 was the month with the lowest number of drunk driving fatalities, 733 lives lost.
“We will continue to be relentless in our effort to curb drunk driving because each life is precious,” said Transportation Secretary Foxx. “Too many lives are still being cut far too short because of drunk driving. We can stop these tragedies by making the decision not to allow ourselves or our loved ones to get behind the wheel after drinking.”
This year’s crackdown is already underway and continues until January 1, 2015. During this period, more than 10,000 participating police departments and law enforcement agencies will be out in force to protect the public and get drunk drivers off our roads. These efforts are supported by an $8 million dollar U.S. DOT national advertising campaign conveying NHTSA’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over message.