Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Stay Alive, Don't Drink and Drive & Catch a Ride with Uber or Lyft

Uber and Lyft Team up with MADD for New Year’s Eve

            Both Uber and Lyft, alternative services to traditional taxis, are working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for New Year’s Eve to make sure people have a designated driver and do not drive drunk.  Each company will donate $1 per ride to MADD for every trip on the night of New Year’s Eve.  Lyft’s program has a $10,000 donation limit, whereas Uber does not have a cap on donations.  However, riders need to text “MADDNYE” to activate the donation. 

MADD’s mission is simple, to prevent drunk driving deaths.  According to MADD, “last year, 70 people died in drunk driving accidents on New Year’s Eve.”          

Uber expects over two million rides tonight.  Uber suggests that in order to avoid paying over $100 for your ride, do not request a ride between 12:30 AM and 4 AM when demand will be highest.  If you request a ride right at midnight, you will likely avoid these high fares.

Remember, it is never a good idea to drink and drive, especially on New Year’s Eve.  Stay safe and Happy New Year from Portner & Shure.

If you or a family member has been charged with DUI or DWI in Maryland and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on DUI or DWI please feel free to contact our office at (301) 854-9000 or visit us on the web at

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