Burlington County Extends Designated Driver Program

download (9)A community in Burlington County is planning to extend a pilot program it launched to give residents a free ride home if they have had too much to drink while out on the town.

Evesham Township is extending the program until the end of the year According to Township Mayor Randy Brown, :the community has provided 350 people with free rides last month contracting for those rides through Uber. It’s all a part of a national program called BEmyDD, or Be My Designated Driver.

Brown said that the rides are only for residents of Evesham residents and serves the town’s 19 bars, restaurants and golf courses to take residents home that need a ride after having had too much to drink.

The program will continue until January 2nd, and runs seven days a week, from 9 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

To use the service, residents are able to download a special app onto their smart phone. Once activated, the app will allow someone to pick them up. There is no charge to township residents and the program is being supported by donations.

The township plans to extend the service and make a longer term commitment. As with any community program, having available funds for it will be considered. Brown, however, says the plan is worth the money that is spent on it.

“We’ll never know how many lives we’ve saved,” Brown said, “but you can’t put any dollars attached to the value of somebody’s life.”

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