Uber Sets Up Breathalyzers for Free Ride Program

images (1)When someone decides to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substances, it’s considered a criminal offense if you’re caught. The reasons for not drinking and driving are clear” You are not only taking your life into your own hands, but also the lives of those who are in the car with you or on the road at the same time as you are if there is an accident.

For those holding standard drivers licenses to be considered safe to drive, their BAC or blood alcohol content level should not be more than 0.08 percent. For those who hold a commercial driver’s license, whether they are off or on duty, their BAC level should never exceed 0.04 percent. This is the law in all 50 states.

In a remarkable effort to make roads safer and to help drivers avoid drinking and driving, the ride sharing company Uber set up a Breathalyzer kiosk outside a popular bar area in Manayunk on the night before Thanksgiving. That Wednesday night, which promised to be one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, the company offered free rides to anyone who used the company’s kiosk that included a Breathalyzer that would test their breath.

Some bargoers found that they were within the legal limit but decided to opt for the free ride. Other patrons who clearly had too much to drink and were over the legal limit also took advantage of the free service and kept themselves and others safe.

An Uber spokesperson said that if the promotion was successful, the company plans to install additional kiosks in the area in an effort to help cut down the number of drunken drivers on the road and ensure public safety.

So what can a DUI conviction mean for you? It could spell disaster for your career and mean a real hardship for you and your family in terms of loss of employment and income. With a DUI conviction, you could serve time in jail as well as losing your insurance along with facing big fines. Even with all of these things that may seem impossible for anyone to have to face, most drivers facing the charge of DUI don’t realize that often it is possible to fight the charges made against them.

If you or a loved one is currently facing the charge of DUI, call the Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis. We are available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can schedule a confidential initial consultation and legal analysis that is without cost or obligation to you.