Over the last 4 years on record, Lane County has suffered more traffic deaths than any other Oregon county. The 180 deaths in Lane County are higher than even Multnomah County, which has more than twice the total population. The primary contributors to these deaths are speed and driving impairment.
“People who drive impaired put all the other drivers and their passengers on the road at risk of serious injury or death. Please keep the holidays happy and have a plan. Make sure you have a sober ride home,” said Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner.
As we ring in the new year together, Eugene and Springfield have more smart transportation options to choose from than ever before.
The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation (BEST), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), with the support of City of Eugene Parking, are organizing a Safe Rides Home effort. They are working together with Lyft, Oregon Taxi, and Uber with a shared goal to help ensure that everyone gets home safe.
Beginning New Year’s Eve at 8pm until 3am on New Year’s Day, merry makers can receive a $5 discount on a ride from Lyft using app code “NYERIDE18”. Oregon Taxi riders can receive a $10 discount by using app code “SAFERIDE”. Uber riders can use code “SAFERIDE2019” for a $5 discount. This promotion is available to everyone in the Eugene-Springfield area.
Let’s work together to keep our roadways and community members safe this New Year’s Eve, so everyone can have a healthy and happy new year.
About Technology Association of Oregon
Technology Association of Oregon is a local nonprofit working to build opportunities, better our economy and unify a voice for innovation in Oregon and beyond. TAO empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, advocacy, resources and more. For more information please visit www.techoregon.org
About Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation
BEST is a local nonprofit bringing people together to promote transportation options, safe streets, and walkable neighborhoods. For more information please visit www.best-oregon.org.
About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save 380,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.