In an effort to get citizens safely home from late nights drinking, these two South Jersey towns are offering free Uber rides home from local bars.

Two years ago, Evesham Township had a brilliant idea to reduce the amount of DWI's from people attempting to drive a few miles to get home from a night on the town. In September 2015, they launched the Evesham Saving Lives Program, later joined  by Voorhees, that to this date has successfully given over 6,000 safe rides home.

Here's how it works: In the wee hours between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., residents of Evesham and Voorhees can open up the Uber app and tap on a tab labeled "Evesham" in the bottom right corner. From there, they can call a ride home from any liquor establishment within either township 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for free. The program is funded by local donors. Zero tax dollars have been spent.

After two years, a 50% decrease in the number drunk driving arrests in Evesham, and a 16% decrease DWI's in Voorhees, the Evesham Saving Lives program has just been renewed on Tuesday!

As a proud Voorhees resident myself, I remember when this plan first came into action, and I am just as hyped about it now as I was then. Here's to hoping other parts of South Jersey follow suit in the near future.


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