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Uber And MADD Partner Up To Fight Drunk Driving This Fourth of July

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for DUI arrests. To help fight the rash of drunk driving during this holiday, ride-service company Uber Technologies and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) partnered up to launch #UberMADD -- a national campaign to help stem drunk driving, reports Digital Journal.

As part of the campaign, Uber promised to donate to MADD $1 for every ride and $10 for every new rider on July 4th if riders use the promotion code "UberMADD." The campaign encourages would-be drunk drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheels drunk. Instead, with the technology we have available today, drunk drivers can simply download an app or program the contact information for a ride service and avoid a DUI arrest.

Since Uber entered the Seattle market, Uber indicated that there has been a 10 percent reduction in the number of DUI arrests. With greater publicity of programs like #UberMADD, the hope is that the incidents of DUIs will decrease even further.

Besides Uber, potential drivers hitting the road on this Fourth of July should keep in mind other tips for avoiding a drunk driving arrest:

  • Take public transportation to the event if you know you will drink.
  • Go with a designated driver. Most groups know at least one person who does not drink or simply take turns.
  • Program the number of a cab company into your phone.
  • Download an app for a ride-service like Uber.

Contact a King County DUI Attorney

If you have been arrested for a DUI in the King County area, you will want to work with an experienced attorney. Contact an attorney at Cowan Kirk Gaston Wolff by calling 1-866-822-1230 and learn how we can help you.

About the Author

William Kirk, Partner

Bill Kirk has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics Magazine every year since 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense and is the President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice. Bill is one of only two attorneys in this state to pass the National College's Board Certification Exam.

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