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All credits have been redeemed as of December 20th. TxDOT distributed 1,000 $20 Uber credits.

 

TxDOT partnered with the Governors Highway Safety Association and Uber to offer $20 Uber credits to the Houston District (Harris County, Montgomery County, Galveston County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, and Waller County) valid through Jan 14th, 2022. All credits have been redeemed as of December 20th. TxDOT distributed 1,000 $20 Uber credits.

Texas consistently leads the United States in crashes and fatalities therefore it is no surprise it also leads in impaired driving as well. In 2020, Texas had 1,485 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities with the highest concentration in Harris County at 185. Due to this high number of lives lost, TXDOT is investing at a myriad of different initiatives from education to enforcement to bring these numbers down.

This is the first year we have consistently provided ride hailing app credits for multiple holidays. The goal is to encourage individuals who consume alcohol and other impairing substances to use ride hailing services, rather than put themselves and others at risk on the road. “Impaired driving is a major concern in the Houston area and we are grateful we are able to provide these Uber credits to Houstonians to help them make the right choice when going out for a few drinks.” Matthew DeLeon, TxDOT Behavior Traffic Safety.

Governors Highway Safety Association Executive Director Jonathan Adkins added that the Covid-19 pandemic has already taken many lives and impaired driving is making the situation worse by taking more lives. “It’s tragic and frustrating to see even more lives lost on our roads from completely preventable drunk and drug-impaired driving crashes. GHSA is proud to partner with Uber to help states provide people a safe and convenient alternative to driving impaired.”

Ride-hailing services have been shown to reduce crash and impaired driving rates by offering an alternative to getting behind the wheel impaired. An independent, peer-reviewed study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that after Uber entered the Houston market in 2014, weekend motor vehicle crash traumas decreased by 38.9 percent or people under 30, an age group more likely to drive impaired. The analysis also found that DUI arrests decreased across the board after Uber’s arrival, with the greatest reduction on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, please contact the Houston District traffic safety representative at (325) 939-1658 or via email.

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