Monday, November 28, 2016


On Thanksgiving eve, more than 43,000 NYers outside of NYC opened the Uber app looking for a ride

New York – On Thanksgiving eve, one of the busiest drinking nights of the year, more than 43,000 New Yorkers outside of New York City opened up the Uber app looking for a ride, only to find themselves in one of the last places in the country without access to ridesharing. In cities across the world, millions use Uber to get a safe and reliable ride at the touch of a button, which is especially important during the holiday season, when drunk driving spikes and roads are more dangerous. But because Albany failed to pass common sense ridesharing legislation last session, New Yorkers traveling outside of NYC this holiday season continue to be left behind.

“This Holiday season, millions of Americans have access to a safe, reliable ride home while New Yorkers continue be left stranded by Albany dysfunction,” said Josh Mohrer, General Manager, Uber NY. “In cities and towns where Uber operates, it has proven to help reduce drunk driving incidents. Albany leaders must take action to make New York roads safer and arm people with better transportation options.”

“The holiday season is a special time for joy and togetherness, but it’s also the one of the most dangerous times of the year because of the increased frequency of drunk driving,” said Richard Mallow, Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). “Ridesharing has been a proven tool to reduce drunk driving incidents and make our roads, children, and families safer. New York State has taken commendable steps to address road safety, and it’s time to take the next step and allow Uber and other ridesharing services to operate across the state."

“As a small business owner, I want customers to come to my restaurants, leave safe, and come back again, and ridesharing will help allow that to happen,” said Vic Christopher, Vice President of Clark House Hospitality. “Allowing services like Uber and Lyft to operate and make Upstate New York roads safer should be a no brainer, especially for the Capital Region.”

"It is unfathomable that New Yorkers still don't have access to transportation at the touch of a button,” said Chris Hill, First Federal Plaza Rochester. “And everyday that Albany does not take action is a day that our region remains at a disadvantage, lacking the basic services to make our cities more business-friendly and our streets safer."

Uber has been proven to help reduce drunk driving incidents across America. For example, DUI arrests in Seattle decreased by more than 10% after Uber started serving riders and drivers in the city, according to a recent study. An independent study conducted by Temple University found cities where Uber operates have 3.6%-5.6% fewer drunk driving deaths than cities without access to ridesharing.

report by Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) released last January concludes that when empowered with more transportation options like Uber, people are making responsible choices that result in fewer alcohol-related crashes.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of a new poll showing that 80 percent of New Yorkers support a proposal to create standardized rules for ridesharing companies like Uber to operate across all counties, cities and town in the state, and 85% agree that ridesharing can help make roads safer by
cutting down on drunk driving.

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