Washington Township, NJ Police Saving Lives With FREE Uber Rides
Okay ya'll, seriously....
This could be one of the most genius ideas to ever come out of a police department. Who even knows how much this is going to cost in the long run, but what it won't cost are people's lives.
The police department in Washington Township (Gloucester County) published a post to their Facebook page that revealed a "service" that's meant to reduce the number of people drinking and driving out on Gloucester County, NJ's roadways. Free Uber rides home, anyone?
Now do you understand why we question who the heck is footing the bill for this?
Here's a little bit more information regarding the rides. Apparently, free rides are now officially available for any Washington Township resident to take advantage of between the hours of 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, the program is extended by one hour, so they'll be available from 9 p.m. through 2 a.m. on those days. The deal is that any resident that needs to get home from a restaurant or bar during those hours who has had an excessive amount to drink can do so without having to rely on funds or anyone else to get them there.
The ride must end at a Washington Township residence and can only be used from approved locations.
This isn't the first time the Gloucester County municipality has instituted this program, believe it or not. The Save Lives Program started back in 2017 and showed decreasing numbers of DWI arrests within the township every year through 2019. Obviously, the pandemic halted the program for a second (or a few years), but now it's officially back up and running again.
The Washington Township Police Department officially relaunched the program on March 1st of this year. To find out more information about how to take advantage of the program's free Uber rides, click HERE.