Uber offers $20 off code to help prevent drinking and driving this holiday season

Harris County reportedly has the highest concentration of impaired driving fatalities in the entire state of Texas. Enter code TXDOT20 in the Uber app to validate this offer.

FILE - In this May 15, 2020 file photo, an Uber sign is displayed inside a car in Chicago. Ubers food delivery business brought in more money during the third quarter than its signature rides business. It was a sign of how much consumer behavior has changed, and how far the company has adapted, since the pandemic struck. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) (Nam Y. Huh, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

TEXAS – Recent data has revealed an increase in traffic-related deaths around the state of Texas, and unfortunately, The Lone Star state isn’t the only area seeing the scary incline.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of traffic deaths in the U.S. surged “nearly 20% in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2020.” Experts say the dangers are even higher during the holiday season.

That’s why popular ride-sharing app Uber partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation and the GHSA to distribute a total of $95,000 in grant funds to five states, including Texas.

Uber offers $20 off of rides in effort to prevent drinking and driving this holiday season. (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved)

The funds will be distributed in an effort to prevent drivers who may be impaired by alcohol or drugs this holiday season from getting behind the wheel.

GHSA’s website indicates that Houston and Harris County have the highest concentration of impaired driving fatalities in the entire state of Texas.

“As part of its multi-pronged statewide campaign, “Ride Sober. No Regrets.,” the state will also activate its partner network on social media to amplify the availability of Uber holiday ride credits. The goal is to reach more than 500,000 people,” the site read.

“There are already too many families that will have empty chairs at their holiday dinner tables this year because of the pandemic,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “It’s tragic and frustrating to see even more lives lost on our roads from completely preventable drunk and drug-impaired driving crashes. GHSA is proud to partner with Uber to help states provide people a safe and convenient alternative to driving impaired.”

About the Author:

Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.