It’s tough to remember a time before Uber, a time when not getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking left you with limited, unappealing options like trying to figure out spotty late-night public transportation schedules, calling your sleeping roommate who will soon hate you very much, or walking aimlessly toward the direction of your bed.
But these days, being drunk at a bar at 2 a.m. typically means you’ll be paying through the nose for a surge-rate Uber fare that is possibly (probably?) worth it.
Not for residents of Evesham Township, New Jersey. The people who live in this municipality of 45,000 people have had a town-record-breaking number of 250 DUI arrests in 2015, which is a number high enough to motivate officials to partner with Uber. To keep inebriated people there from getting behind the wheel, the town has arranged free rides from bars from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. through January.
Lest you start to see Uber as the friendly neighborhood philanthropic tech giant it most certainly is not, we should note that it seems the good deed is being heavily subsidized by donations from local nonprofits and businesses. Reuters did report, however, that if the free ride pilot program in Evesham Township goes well, Uber will consider building similar partnerships with other towns.